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On February 23, 2015, a meeting will take place at the Museum of Natural History Berlin (Q233098) that builds on the submitted EINFRA-9-2015 proposal "Enabling Open Science: Wikidata for Research" and is intended to facilitate one or more follow-ups with a focus on Germany, as per #Concrete research ideas and proposed actions and #Potential funding lines.


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Name Institution Research topics Comments
--Daniel Mietchen (talk) 02:30, 21 January 2015 (UTC) Museum of Natural History Berlin (Q233098) biodiversity (Q47041), evolution (Q1063), mineralogy (Q83353), citizen science (Q1093434) Organizer
--Konrad Förstner (talk) 05:06, 21 January 2015 (UTC) University of Würzburg (Q161976) bioinformatics (Q128570), systems biology (Q815297) microbiology (Q7193)
Christoph Bruch Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (Q679913) Open Science Policy; Copyright
--Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 15:49, 21 January 2015 (UTC) Wikimedia Deutschland (Q8288) - Wikidata Product Manager
Markus Krötzsch (talk) TU Dresden (Q158158) Semantic Technologies, Knowledge Management, Ontologies
Jefft0 (talk) University of California, Los Angeles (Q174710) Semantic Science
--Renepick (talk) 17:53, 26 January 2015 (UTC) University of Koblenz and Landau (Q448590) Natural Language Processing / Semantic Web
Jan Brase German National Library of Science and Technology (Q2399120) (TIB) PID, metadata, ontologies, open science
David Fichtmueller Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (Q163255) Semantic Technologies, Terminology Management, Research Data Storage
Gregor Hagedorn (talk) Museum of Natural History Berlin (Q233098) biodiversity (Q47041), evolution (Q1063),citizen science (Q1093434), Public Engagement with Data
Magnus Knuth Hasso Plattner Institute (Q884105) linked data (Q515701), data cleansing (Q1172378), Linked Data Change Management, DBpedia (Q465)
--Ebekebe (talk) 18:28, 12 February 2015 (UTC) Free University of Berlin (Q153006) Online Communities, Collaborative Ontology Development, Collaborative Semantic Annotation
Harald Sack Hasso Plattner Institute (Q884105) Semantic Web (Q54837), semantic search (Q1891170), linked data (Q515701), knowledge engineering (Q1540472)
Succu - - Community member
Conny (talk) - - Community member, remote
Falko Glöckler Museum of Natural History Berlin (Q233098) biodiversity (Q47041), ecology (Q7150), citizen science (Q1093434)
Vladimir Alexiev (talk) 11:13, 23 February 2015 (UTC) Ontotext (Q7095072) Semantic Technologies, Terminology Management, Ontologies, Semantic Enrichment, GLAM, Europeana Bulgarian, just want to listen in, remote
User Institution Topics Comments


During the workshop

Notes have been taken collaboratively via this doc and archived on-wiki.

  • 10:00 Start
  • Introduction (5min)
  • 2 stimulus talks (ca. 7 min + 5 min discussion)
    • Wikidata and research (Lydia Pintscher)
    • potential funding opportunities for Wikidata-related research or Wikidata as a research infrastructure (Daniel Mietchen)
  • Research ideas around Wikidata (all)
  • Lunch break around 1 pm
  • Collaborative drafting of proposal sketch (remote participation possible)
  • 16:30 End
  • 17:00-18:00 Guided tour through the museum (free for registered participants)

Concrete research ideas and proposed actions[edit]

ID tag on a tree in Berlin
  • Building a "knowledge of life" database in Wikidata in a collaboration between professional and citizen scientists. Collect the traits/features/characters of relevant species. Application: identification tools for medicine, agriculture, border control, citizen science. Research: best practices for efficiency in the interaction, measures and processes to improve data quality, relative data quality comparisons. (Gregor Hagedorn)
  • In Berlin, all trees meeting certain criteria are numbered ("Stadtbäume"), and a lot of information about them is being collected systematically but only partially made open (e.g. map). A Wikibase instance could capture that information in a more structured way and also be expanded to cover other species living in the city, with excellent opportunities for public engagement and citizen science. --Daniel Mietchen (talk) 01:13, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Due to several transcriptome analysis studies performed by us and collaboration partners we possess a large body of gene annotation information. We suggest to explore how Wikidata could be used to store, manipulate and represent genome and transcriptome information of microbial species. This would not only lead to more sustainable accessibility and improved re-usability of such results but would additionally offer members of the research community as well as other citizens the opportunity to improve gene annotations easily. There are similar initiatives ongoing and we first need to to assess their current status and compare their aims, ideas and needs with ours. --Konrad Foerstner (talk) 21:30, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

External initiatives[edit]

Potential funding lines[edit]

Initially, we will consider the following funding lines of the German Research Foundation (Q707283):

  • "Digital publishing infrastructure" (de/en), which is aimed at research infrastructure providers (mainly outside universities).
    • In principle, the "Virtual Research Environments" funding line (de/ en) would be the closest match to the EU project, but it is focused on building new infrastructures and explicitly states "Projects to establish databases or enter data into existing infrastructures are not eligible for funding."
    • The new Merkblatt Infrastruktur für elektronische Publikationen und digitale Wissenschaftskommunikation (guidelines on infrastructure for electronic publications and digital research communication) mention that "publications" are to be understood "in the broadest possible sense", e.g. including through wikis, and that they can occur all along the research cycle.
      • Provisions for experimental projects ("experimentell ausgerichtete Projekte") to explore innovative approaches in research communication.
      • Focused on discipline-specific infrastructures.
  • Research Units/ Forschergruppen (cf. forms and guidelines)
    • aimed primarily at universities
    • up to nine partners collaborating on the exploration of a research topic


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