Wikidata:WikidataCon 2019/Program/Self-organized sessions

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the conference for open data enthusiasts

25 – 26 October 2019 | Berlin, Germany








Self-organized sessions


Social events

Side events

During the WikidataCon, some space in the venue will be dedicated to hacking, discussions, spontaneous meetups and other things. Here's the page to coordinate and announce these events. Feel free to add your own!

Rooms and schedule[edit]

Day Edison Newton Austen
Big hacking room, 10 tables for ~6 people Discussion room, couches and chairs Meetup room, tables and chairs, projector
Friday Room availability: 11:00 to 23:00
  • Request a query table
  • ...
  • (13:00-14:30: lunch break)
  • ...
  • 17:00-18:30 Author disambiguation
Room availability: 11:00 to 23:00
  • ...
  • (13:00-14:30: lunch break)
  • 14:30-15:30: Sum of all GLAMs meetup
  • ...
Room availability: 11:00 to 23:00
  • ...
  • (13:00-14:30: lunch break)
  • ...
  • 16:00-17:00: Data federation meetup (formal program)
  • 17:00-18:30: Map-making workshop
Saturday Room availability: 10:00 to 18:00
  • Request a query table
  • ...
  • (13:00-14:30: lunch break & group photo)
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Wikidata Analytics & Statistics GoranSM (talk) 21:13, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
Room availability: 10:00 to 18:00
  • 12:30-13:00: Wikisource
  • (13:00-14:30: lunch break & group photo)
  • ...
Room availability: 12:00 to 14:30
  • 12:00-13:00...
  • (13:00-14:30: lunch break & group photo)

Working tables[edit]

A working table takes place at a certain time in a certain place, usually around a table. The goal of a working table is to bring together people working on the same topic, to discuss about this topic or work together. For example: a documentation sprint during one day, a discussion about taxons during one hour.

The best place to organize a working table is probably in room Edison, the hacking room. But you can also use Newton, one of the cosy areas on 2nd floor, or even the cafeteria.

How to organize a working table?
  • Decide on the topic/angle and a reasonable timeslot (for example, two hours, on Saturday from 14:00 to 16:00)
  • Add a section below, describing quickly the topic and goal of the working table, and give people a way to contact you onsite
  • Once at the conference venue, you can find a good spot and update the schedule and the section to mention where you will be sitting
  • At the table, you can also write the topic of your table on the whiteboard next to it
  • Feel free to announce your working table on the conference channels (eg Telegram)
  • When your session is over, don't forget to remove the information from the whiteboards so people don't get confused
Map of public libraries in the province of North-Holland, The Netherlands. Work in progress

Map making workshop – from Wikidata to interactive off-wiki maps in three steps[edit]

Author disambiguation[edit]

  • Topic and goal: Help attendees learn how to best use the author disambiguator tool to turn "author name string" statements on Wikidata items into "author" statements, linking work items with their author items. Suggestions for improvements to the tool are also welcome.
  • Organizer: ArthurPSmith,
  • Timeslot: Friday 17:00-18:30 at a table in the Edison room
  • Location: Table 2 in Edison room
  • Interested to attend:

Cheminformatics to improve Wikidata on chemical compounds[edit]

Screenshot of "Wikidata and Scholia as a hub linking chemical knowledge".png

Request a query live![edit]

Request a schema live![edit]

  • Topic and goal: Work on ShEx together to add to Wikidata's new schema extension
  • Organizer: andrawaag / Andra Waagmeester on Telegram / @andrawaag on Twitter
  • Timeslot: under discussion, depending on how many people are interested (we can probably put together a shift schedule like last time)
  • Location: once you're at the venue, you'll be able to update this section to indicate precisely where to find you
  • Interested to attend:


  • Topic and goal: 💎 OpenRefine 💎, as an extension of the Saturday OpenRefine workshop. The goal is to help newcomers, share tips, discuss possible improvements, share training material, learn how to contribute to the project… Anything 💎-related!
  • Organizer: Pintoch (Antonin Delpeuch), pintoch on IRC,
  • Timeslot: tbd
  • Location: once you're at the venue, you'll be able to update this section to indicate precisely where to find you
  • Interested to attend:

Template working table[edit]

  • Topic and goal:
  • Organizer: username, Telegram account... any way to contact you easily during the conference
  • Timeslot: suggestion: 1 to 2 hours
  • Location: once you're at the venue, you'll be able to update this section to indicate precisely where to find you
  • Interested to attend:

Wikidata Analytics & Statistics[edit]

  • Topic and goal: We review and provide a guided tour of the existing Wikidata Analytics & Statistics systems, e.g. the Wikidata Concepts Monitor, the Wikidata External Identifiers Landscape, etc; then we discuss any interesting questions that we might come up with and exchange ideas on what analytical systems are needed for Wikidata in the future,
  • Organizer: GoranSM (talk) 21:21, 22 October 2019 (UTC), Goran Milovanovic on Telegram, GSMilovanovic on Twitter
  • Timeslot: Friday 17:30 - 18:30
  • Location: Newton (suggested)
  • Interested to attend:

Wikispore & Wikidata integration[edit]


Wikibase and Pywikibot[edit]

How to use Pywikibot to transfer items from Wikidata to another Wikibase powered wiki.

  • Timeslot: 1 to 1.5 hours Friday 25th 11:15-12:30
  • Location: Edison (Hacking room) 2nd floor Table # 5
  • Interested to attend:
    • Nicolas Nallet
    • I would be in too, but I missed the time ..... DD063520

Structuring Categories, Infoboxes, and other Wiki conventions through Wikidata schema[edit]

  • Topic and goal: Discuss schema possibilities to structure common Wiki conventions in order to improve cross-language collaboration.
  • Organizer: ElanHR (Telegraph: @ElanHR)
  • Timeslot: Saturday 15:30-16:30
  • Location: Edison (Hacking room) 2nd floor
  • Notes
  • Interested to attend:

User Experience and Design Activities[edit]

See also: Envisioning Wikidata in the future: creating idea concepts in an interactive session, Friday from 16:00 to 18:00

User Experience Feedback & Testing Booth[edit]

This booth is organized by the UX & Design team from WMDE Software Development. The team is working on the usability and usefulness of Wikidata and Wikibase.

The goal of this booth is running some interviews and usability tests with participants about Wikidata's new features. You can book a 20min appointment in the table below, by adding your name and one or several of these topics:

  • A: Wikidata Bridge – give us feedback on the newest prototype. Tell us whether it works for you and where we can improve
  • B: Tracability of edits – knowing what has been edited how
  • C: Query Builder for list creation – we want to learn from you how you create lists and what functionalities you need to be able to do this with ease and efficiency.
Day Timeslot UX designers Book a slot here: add you (user)name and the letter(s) corresponding to one or several topics above
Friday, October 25th 14:00-14:20 Raja, Jan, Charlie Witttylama (A,C)
14:30-14:50 Raja, Jan, Charlie
15:00-15:20 Raja, Charlie
Saturday, October 26th 10:00-10:20 Charlie, Jan
10:30-10:50 Charlie, Jan
11:00-11:20 Charlie, Jan amadalvarez (A,C)
11:30-11:50 Charlie, Raja
12:00-12:20 Charlie, Raja
12:30-12:50 Charlie, Jan Loz.ross (B,C)
14:00-14:20 Charlie, Jan
14:30-14:50 Jan
15:00-15:20 Jan
15:30-15:50 Jan, Raja
16:00-16:20 Charlie, Jan
16:30-16:50 Charlie, Raja amadalvarez (A)

Design your Wikidata newspaper or magazine cover of the future[edit]

This activity is organized by the UX & Design team from WMDE Software Development. The goal is to get ideas from the participants about what the future of Wikidata and Wikibase could look like. We will provide templates of popular newwspapers and magazines and you can draw, write, make a picture collage, ... whatever comes to your mind on headlines on Wikidata or Wikibase in about 5 years.

Come to this booth, have some fun and see what others have created.

  • Location: Ground floor, near the stairs
  • Contact person: Raja Gumienny

Sweets table[edit]

Sweets table at WikidataCon 2017

As usual during Wikimedia events, participants are welcome to bring some sweets from their country/region to share with others! A sweets table will be installed somewhere in the venue, people can come and add sweets or taste some unknown treats.

  • Location: Registration desk (ground floor)
  • Contact person: Léa

Sum of All GLAMs meetup[edit]

Meetup to discuss about the Sum of All GLAMs project, to exchange experiences, to coordinate joint activities with the Finding GLAMs project, and to plan the next steps in view of the launch of the Wiki Loves GLAMs campaign.

Organizers: Beat Estermann, Giovanna Fontenelle

Location: TBD (Newton?)

Preferred Timeslot: Friday, 14:30 - 15:25


  • --Elly Koepf (WMDE) (talk) 10:06, 25 October 2019 (UTC) (I won't make it to your session, but maybe we can meet in a break or in the evening on friday?

ISA Challenge (online competition!)[edit]

ISA logo vertical orig.png

An online challenge/competition to add structured data to images on Wikimedia Commons of the city of Berlin, using the ISA Tool. It's very easy and quick, and mobile friendly. Participate now... the most prolific 'taggers' will receive some Dutch sweets!

Organizers: SandraF

Location: Find all details here!

Preferred timeslot: n/a. Just participate! Points will be counted, and winners will be announced, on Saturday 26 October at 18.00.