Wikidata:WikidataCon 2017/Submissions/Using Wikidata for Author Disambiguation

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Submission no. 71
Title of the submission

Using Wikidata for Author Disambiguation

Author(s) of the submission
Adam Bannister
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Type of session
Length of session
~30 mins
Ideal number of attendees
EtherPad for documentation

Explain the challenge of author disambiguation due to homonyms and synonyms. Focus on academic publications in Mathematics. Show the sort of data possible to obtain from Wikidata. This includes getting external links to other sources. Demonstrate the available sources that can all be linked in order to enrich author profiles and help with disambiguation. Explain the problems with the data: mistakes, corrections, changes and the having to backlink all other sources that you received from Wikidata. Show the techniques used for getting matches with examples of how much information one can get out of a single match regarding meta data and other external links.
What will attendees take away from this session?
  1. Understanding of the challenges present in author disambiguation.
  2. Methods of using Wikidata as the central source for create an additional web of information.
  3. Using Wikidata for the internationalisation of certain data like names and places.
  4. Matching methods including using pywikibot to access the data on Wikidata.
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  1. I was about to submit a session on this too — happy to help cover areas outside mathematics, especially biomedicine. --Daniel Mietchen (talk) 08:13, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  2. ArthurPSmith (talk) 15:27, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  3. Maxlath (talk)
  4. --YULdigitalpreservation (talk) 11:50, 1 August 2017 (UTC)
  5. Sic19 (talk) 20:56, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  6. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits - as Wikimedian in Residence at ORCID
  7. Rosiestep (talk) 03:04, 27 October 2017 (UTC)
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