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DHSI Public Talk - Wikidata: The Linked Open Data Platform Everyone Can Contribute To

"The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab and University of Victoria Libraries invite you to an upcoming talk by 2020–21 Honorary Resident Wikipedian, Silvia Gutiérrez De la Torre (El Colegio de México) on Wikidata: The Linked Open Data Platform Everyone Can Contribute To. This event will take place online on Tuesday March 16th from 3pm-4.30pm PST (5pm-6.30pm CST / 6pm-7.30pm EST), and it is free and open to all. 

Wikidata: The Linked Open Data Platform Everyone Can Contribute To
In the last few years, you may have heard about how Linked Open Data (LOD) is the next big thing in the “data is the new oil” era. But perhaps until now, you have never gotten your hands dirty with this new resource. Or maybe you have only seen a way too general picture of what it can do for your community of practice. In this talk I will try to narrow down those impressions with concrete examples of LOD-based projects, and more specifically, Wikidata-based. Wikidata is a Wikimedia Foundation project, and it is the biggest free LOD base to date with more than 92 million data items. In this presentation I will provide a tour through some of the most exciting applications of this ever growing platform. From automatic article creation through interactive maps and enriched museums, I hope that by the end of this talk you’re inspired not only to contribute, but to imagine new ways this level of granularity can help us to address the pressing gaps in knowledge we can all volunteer to close.


This talk is part of UVic’s Honorary Resident Wikipedian program, brought to you by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab and the University of Victoria Libraries.

About Silvia Gutiérrez de la Torre
Silvia Gutiérrez de la Torre is the Digital Humanities Librarian at the Daniel Cosío Villegas Library at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. She recently led the Wikipedia-Academic Library Liaison project, which established a model for sharing knowledge through Wikimedia projects in Mexican universities. Through this project, which was funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, more than 100 new Wikipedia articles were created and more than 600 were revised, drawing on resources in el Colegio de México’s collections. Gutiérrez is also the co-founder of the Mexico City chapter of RLadies, which promotes diversity in the community of the R programming language."

March 16, 2021 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Zoom link provided to registered attendees

Event type: Lecture