Wikidata:Wikimania 2018

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What would you like to see about Wikidata during Wikimania 2018? Do you have a project or are you submitting a talk, workshop, meetup? Which topics would you like to talk about with the development team?

Let's talk about our ideas here!

Important: this year, the system of submission goes through OpenChair, therefore the submissions will not be public. So if you want to help avoiding duplicates, or find other volunteers to help you running a workshop, feel free to describe your idea below!

See also: information about submissions, the list of events around Wikidata during Wikimania 2016 and Wikimania 2017.


Suggestions, ideas[edit]

Documentation sprint[edit]

Another documentation sprint during the Wikimania hackathon. If you think about any specific areas where the documentation should be improved (and you want to help working on it :)) let me know. Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 10:01, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

Mix-n-match best practice[edit]

Connecting external sources with Wikidata using mix-n-match has become a new echo system and together with the new gadget mixnmatch_gadget.js its get even more useful. I guess

  1. there are some best practices to get better hit rate?
  2. the concept of synchronize?
  3. how to set it up to auto crawl?!?!
  4. how do you add new entries after the initial load to mix-n-match ....
  5. what to do with a source were not every item should be an entry on Wikidata?
  6.  ?!?!?
Salgo60 (talk) 13:05, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

Quality rank external sources[edit]

  1. One way of adding trust to a fact is to add an external source
  2. Wikidata now has +950 properties for people (instance of Wikidata property for authority control for people (Q19595382)) link list
  3. many of those properties are exposed in Wikipedia ==> if we prove a fact with an external source we also need to explain how good/bad the quality of the source is for the reader

Suggestion: Start a discussion of how to rank external sources compare how articles get badges

I can see that the quality depends of:

  1. If the published source has a quality process
  2. If specialists in the field agree of its quality
  3. If they have a proven record of delivering quality
  4. If they reference primary sources and have an analyze....
  5. ....

- Salgo60 (talk) 12:40, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Wikidata in education[edit]

Wikidata can be a valuable tool in education. From learning how databases are built to making queries and from there to Histropedia, maps, timelines, bubble charts... A Wikidata in education roundtable, with examples, discussions and something like a showcase would be very interesting. -Theklan (talk) 13:35, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Online wiki universities in South Africa and ... for free online best STEM CC-4 OpenCourseWare degrees[edit]

Seeking volunteers in South Africa to facilitate a workshop at Wikimania about developing online wiki universities in South Africa and in each of all African countries for free online best STEM CC-4 MIT OpenCourseWare degrees in official/main languages, and wiki schools for open teaching and learning, in each of all of Africa's languages. This would occur via "South Africa World University and School" here - (and other African countries accessible from here - Languages are/will be accessible from here - - in each of all African languages. World Univ. and Sch. - - donated itself to Wikidata/Wikibase in 2015 for co-development, and got a new WUaS Miraheze Mediawiki last year in these regards too. (I won't be able to attend due to lack of finances). Multiple creative educational wiki opportunities involved with this project. WUaS is planning to offer online MIT OpenCourseWare-centric Bachelor, Ph.D., Law, International Baccalaureate high school, and online Medical degrees, with online teaching hospitals for clinical care - again with Wikidata/Wikibase structured knowledge database - and in each of all African countries' official main languages. “Bridging knowledge gaps, the *ubuntu* way forward.” If someone would like to submit a workshop proposal please let me know at, and I'll help co-develop this remotely. Thanks. --Scott WorldUnivAndSch (talk) 23:59, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Wikidata in the service of language and linguistics[edit]

I will talk here how Wikidata can be useful as a database for language learning and support and for computational and linguistic tasks. I will also talk about how to let your language supported by Wikidata. Feel free to join. --Csisc (talk) 14:05, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

How to generate game content from Wikidata?[edit]

Based on the existing papers and experiments.

If you want to participate, feel free to let a message here and ping Jens Ohlig (WMDE).

@Jens Ohlig (WMDE): I am interested in participating. --Daniel Mietchen (talk) 23:49, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

All the cool tools around Wikidata (talk, poster, LT?)[edit]

Presenting the best and most useful tools around Wikidata: write, query, reuse data.

I think that this should not submit by the development team but by community members. If you like the idea, feel free to jump in! Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 09:00, 7 March 2018 (UTC)


I have started a draft doc to coordinate WikiCite-related submissions. --Daniel Mietchen (talk) 23:56, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

A workshop proposal about the initiative is here.--Dario (WMF) (talk) 20:56, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

Proposals submitted[edit]

Pink pony session (discussion)[edit]

The usual session where all Wikidata community members can discuss with the development team, suggest wishes for the future. Submitted by Lea Lacroix (WMDE).

Wikidata behind the scenes (talk)[edit]

It would be nice to share with the movement how community is organized on Wikidata, what are our internal processes, how properties are selected, etc.

I think that this should not submit by the development team but by community members. If you like the idea, feel free to jump in! Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 09:00, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

Would probably try to organize this. Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 18:17, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
@Sjoerddebruin: That would be amazing :) Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 07:36, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Submitted. Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 15:38, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

How to organize a Wikidata workshop? (discussion)[edit]

Exchanging tips about how to organize, prepare and run a workshop dedicated to Wikidata or the related tools. This session would be moderated by Lea Lacroix (WMDE) and Jens Ohlig (WMDE), who are working on a training plan for volunteers, and would love to hear feedback about experienced trainers, or people who would like to start. In general, all discussions are welcome about how to share knowledge about Wikidata and start a local community. Submitted by Lea Lacroix (WMDE).

Using Wikidata in Education (discussion/workshop)[edit]

  • I have submitted this proposal (submission 63). If someone is interested in presenting it with me, discussing it with others, talking about this topic even don't letting me be there... please, say something: -Theklan (talk) 18:01, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
    @Theklan: I am interested in presenting on this with you. Is your submission somewhere public? I am also considering to put one in on building Wikidata-based components for curricula. --Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:48, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Wikidata is a powerful tool. But educators are not fully aware of it, even of its existence. Students all around the world are learning how to use databases, but they limit to local examples, while they could be unleashing all the power of Wikidata.
  • Queries, Histropedia, adding statements or understanding ontology can be part of students courses. Let's discuss about this.

Query Wikidata for advanced users workshop[edit]

Feel free to join!

  • RDF triples
  • Filter
  • Group By
  • Optimization tips (how to avoid timeouts)
  • ...

Jonas Kress (WMDE) (talk) 09:28, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

+1 --Lucas Werkmeister (WMDE) (talk) 14:41, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
I’ve created a submission for this topic now (you can find the details here) – please ping me if you want to participate! (The submission can still be edited.) --Lucas Werkmeister (WMDE) (talk) 17:43, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
+1 ViswaPrabhaവിശ്വപ്രഭtalk 00:08, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

Data quality and constraint checks[edit]

Jonas Kress (WMDE) (talk) 09:28, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Andra Waagmeester Andrawaag (talk) 19:33, 30 January 2018 (UTC) YULdigitalpreservation (talk) 13:32, 6 February 2018 (UTC) Daniel Mietchen (talk) 01:52, 7 February 2018 (UTC) Finn Årup Nielsen (fnielsen) (talk) 13:55, 13 February 2018 (UTC) Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 12:34, 14 February 2018 (UTC) John Samuel 20:31, 26 February 2018 (UTC) Dhx1 (talk) 02:39, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Notified participants of WikiProject ShEx

Perhaps we can do a combined session on property constraints and shape expressions for quality control? --Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 14:43, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
I really like the idea. I won't be able to attend, but I'd be happy to help work on the materials. YULdigitalpreservation (talk) 16:19, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
I’ve created a submission for this topic now (you can find the details here) – please ping me if you want to participate! (The submission can still be edited.) --Lucas Werkmeister (WMDE) (talk) 18:17, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
@Lucas Werkmeister (WMDE), YULdigitalpreservation: I'm interested in participating, particularly on the overlap between property constraints and Wikidata:WikiProject ShEx. --Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:25, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

Demonstration of Lexicographical Data on Wikidata (talk)[edit]

At that time, the first version of Wikidata:Lexicographical data will be deployed and people will already have included data in there. It could be a good opportunity to show how it is now possible to model language in Wikidata.

If you want to participate, feel free to let a message here and ping Lydia Pintscher (WMDE).

@Csisc: Do you think that we could submit a common proposal? I think your submission above could include the lexicographical data as well.

@Lydia Pintscher (WMDE): Yes, of course. However, please keep in mind that many lexicographical data exist now in Wikidata. Personally, I am implementing my data about plants, animals, fruits and names of languages in Tunisian Arabic as labels to currently existing Wikidata entities. The matter is how not to lose such important data and implement it in the lexicographical data. --Csisc (talk) 10:10, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

Poster about Lexicographical data[edit]

A poster describing how we model words on Wikidata, what could be the usage of it, etc.

If you want to participate, feel free to let a message here and ping Lydia Pintscher (WMDE).

Poster about data quality[edit]

A poster summarizing all the improvements we're making on Wikidata to improve data quality. This will include the constraints check, the "signed statements" to come, but also other tools.

If you want to participate, feel free to let a message here and ping Lydia Pintscher (WMDE).

State of the project (talk)[edit]

The usual talk about where is Wikidata now, what we achieved together, what are the plans for the future. If you have ideas about what should be in there or want to join, feel free to contact Lydia Pintscher (WMDE).

Wikidata-enabled Infoboxes[edit]

Maybe a workshop, maybe a panel discussion, on how these work, what the issues are, etc. Along the same lines as the session at Wikidatacon, but maybe with additional viewpoints. We now have them on Commons - see commons:Template:Wikidata Infobox and its uses - and I can also talk about them on enwp, maybe @Amadalvarez, Paucabot, Theklan, RexxS, Fuzheado might be interested, anyone else? Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 15:20, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

Mike, yes please! Let's touch base by email and coordinate something here. - Fuzheado (talk) 11:14, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

I think that a hands-on approach would be the most interesting one. No more words, let's do it! We have different approaches, but the catalan-basque way and you way could be both done in a two hour workshop with different users. Me myself I'm planing to go to Cape Town. -Theklan (talk) 12:15, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
@Amadalvarez, Paucabot, Theklan, RexxS, Fuzheado: Thinking this through, I quite like the idea of a hands-on workshop. I've put together a draft at User:Mike Peel/Wikimania 2018 - comments/edits/adding your username to the list would be appreciated. I'll submit it around this time on Saturday 17th. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 21:39, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
BTW, I'm also thinking about putting in a poster about the Commons Wikidata Infobox, also drafted on the above page if anyone's interested. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 21:42, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Mike, for the pourpouse. Initially, I will not be at Wikimania this year. Any help you need to prepare any material, just tell me. Hugs, Amadalvarez (talk) 22:12, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
Both the workshop and the poster have now been submitted. I only included my username for now, but added "Other presenters will be identified closer to the time, depending on who is able to attend Wikimania" for the workshop. Hopefully that'll be OK with the organisers. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 16:39, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Wikidata for medical decision support[edit]

Similar topic was proposed in Wikimania 2017:

I will discuss :

  • the current situation of clinical decision support
  • past successful experiences of using Wikidata for clinical decision support
  • how Wikidata can be useful for clinical decision support if including all the medical relationship between entities.
  • my proposal of a MeSH and Medline-based method to automatically enrich Wikidata with all available medical information.

Feel free to join.

--Csisc (talk) 11:41, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Soliciting Data Donations: A Beginners Guide[edit]

I've submitted an updated version of my WikidataCon presentation. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:05, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Using Wikidata data in Wikimedia projects[edit]

What does the Wikibase-software provide for other Wikimedia projects? How is Wikidata used on its sister projects? This talk should give a quick overview of what Wikidata can provide for its sister projects, and what is planned in the future. -- Hoo man (talk) 23:44, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Zooming in on Africa-related research: Wikidata-based scholarly profiles of people, papers, places, topics and more[edit]

Submission 243: African research is underrepresented in many disciplinary and international contexts, and even research about Africa-related topics is often given more prominence when performed or reported from outside of Africa. These imbalances have a range of causes, and the scope of this submission is to highlight how WikiCite-driven efforts to catalog references in Wikidata can help in identifying and visualizing such gaps, communicating about them and supporting efforts to eventually address them.

Scholia is a Wikidata-based website hosted on Wikimedia Labs that displays information about scholarly publications: . It can zoom in on the associated authors, journals, topics, organizations, events, locations and other related information and present it in a way that facilitates the appreciation and quality control of what is in Wikidata as well as an exploration of what is missing or only covered with large gaps.

Many of the gaps that can be highlighted this way have a strong link to Africa. This session will be consciously biased towards people, papers, places, topics and more in African contexts, with an eye on applicability in other underrepresented regions. After an introductory overview of Africa-related research indexed in Wikidata with an emphasis on medicine and biodiversity, session participants will be invited to use Scholia to assess the quality, topicality and comprehensiveness of Africa-related research topics in their areas of expertise, to document gaps and to develop ideas for systemic improvements based on public domain data sources.

The session will be given on the basis of,_papers,_places,_topics_and_more , which hosts a public and editable copy of the submission.

--Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:02, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Gaps in the Wikimania 2018 program[edit]

Submission 244: This session is dedicated to addressing gaps in the Wikimania 2018 program that become apparent once the rest of the program has been defined. It also opens a way to handle "late breaking" topics, i.e. issues whose importance has risen sharply between the dates of the submission deadline and the dates of the conference.

Gaps in the program may arise for a multitude of reasons, often in combination. For instance, they mirror gaps and biases in the Wikimedia community, in the submission process, in those that can afford in-person participation, in visa regulations pertaining to a trip to South Africa, or in events that occur before or after the submission deadline.

To the extent possible, the session will take into account the "non-public information to help improve the diversity of the conference presentations" that the conference organizers have gathered from submitters.

The session will be given on the basis of , which hosts a public and editable copy of the submission.

--Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:02, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Integrating Wikidata and curricula[edit]

Submission 250: Wikidata is an open educational resource of growing importance but neither has it found its way into many curricula, nor has curriculum-related information found its way into Wikidata at scale. In this session, we want to explore both of these avenues for interaction between the two.

On the one hand, we will thus consider which options there are to enrich curricula with Wikidata-related activities. We will outline three main approaches to this and provide examples of attempts to implement them: - adding a Wikidata component to existing courses that involve some Wikipedia or other Wikimedia activity - building a largely Wikidata-based curriculum for data-centric fields like data science - building generic Wikidata-based modules that can be inserted into coursework on a broad range of subjects with minimal customization.

In addition, we will explore how the indexing of curricula, syllabi and related information in Wikidata or Wikidata-federated Wikibase instances can be used to help instructors, students, administrators and others find information related to courses or curricula in their fields of interests.

While the focus of the session will be on tertiary education, perspectives from other educational contexts (e.g. secondary education, continuing professional development, or language training) will be included as well.

The session will be given on the basis of , which hosts a public and editable copy of the submission.

--Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:02, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

LexData for different languages: check how to model your language in Wikidata (workshop)[edit]

The first version of Wikidata:Lexicographical data will be deployed in April, and people will already have included data in there. The data model has been designed to be very flexible and the community will have a lot of space to organize statements to describe words and phrases as good as possible. The development team would be very interested to discuss with people speaking different languages, about the specificities of there languages, and how to model them in Wikidata.

If you want to participate, feel free to let a message here and ping Leszek Manicki (WMDE).

Poster and talk about Wikibase[edit]

Presenting Wikibase, from the point of view of third parties whould would like to reuse the software for their projects.

If you want to participate, feel free to let a message here and ping Jens Ohlig (WMDE).

Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons (various sessions)[edit]

The Structured Commons team thinks has proposed several Wikimania sessions about Structured Data on Commons.

  • A more presentation-like session that introduces the project, with examples of (knowledge equity-related) GLAM case studies that we are starting to work on around that time (presentation)
  • A more workshop-style session on the research we did about GLAM needs on Commons, and on how Structured Commons can/should address the needs of GLAM partners around the world (workshop)
  • A brainstorm session to help volunteers and affiliates to think about their own pilot projects with structured data on Commons (workshop)
  • A design feedback session (roundtable)

If you want to participate, feel free to let a message here and ping SandraF (WMF).

Query Wikidata for beginners workshop[edit]

Feel free to join!

  • Easy query gadget
  • Query Helper
    • Click together a query
    • Change existing query
  • SPARQL for dummies

Jonas Kress (WMDE) (talk) 09:28, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

The secret features of[edit]

Feel free to join!

  • Code completion
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Auto language
  • Query templates
  • Result view options

Jonas Kress (WMDE) (talk) 09:28, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

+1 --Lucas Werkmeister (WMDE) (talk) 14:42, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Using Wikidata, Queries and Google spreadsheets to manage editathons and conferences effectively[edit]

I have submitted for a workshop where I intend to introduce the context of a real time data management issues in a multi-community (10+ Indian Wikipedia communities as a working example)event management such as a major editathon, contest or conference and then showcase the available tools (Google spreadsheets, Wikidata queries, Wikimedia Toolforge, Mediawiki logs and XML techniques) with a demonstration on how to set up a standard, reusable and scalable framework yielding quick and effective results for analysis, assessment and statistics. ViswaPrabhaവിശ്വപ്രഭtalk 00:23, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

I'm attending Wikimania[edit]

If you plan to attend, let us know below:

Definitely going[edit]

  • ViswaPrabhaവിശ്വപ്രഭtalk 21:34, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Wittylama (talk) 23:15, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Subject to scholarship[edit]

Other questions[edit]