DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
Now with over 25 million distinct concepts, many of them drawn from heritage communities, Wikidata, a sister project of Wikipedia, offers one of the most dynamic large; and what's more this data can be accessed and contributed to in over 100 languages. As a structured, linked, open, multiligingual data project, that is both machine and human readable and editable, its become a utility for communities in different knowledge professions and around the world.
In this workshop, I will provide the following:
*Introduction the assumptions and data structure behind Wikidata *A demonstration of contributing to Wikidata *Examine tools important for helping cultural heritage organizations contribute to Wikidata *Show how querying and interacting with Wikidata can enrich knowledge from elsewhere. *Highlight initiatives and opportunities to become more involved, including the upcoming work to changes to Wikimedia Commons funded by the Sloan Foundation.
The workshop will start at the basics, and highlight the broader opportunities and conversations possible because of Wikidata. No experience with linked-structured open data is needed.