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Submission no. 69
Title of the submission
Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons: Introduction and panel of Wikimedia pilots

Author(s) of the submission
Sandra Fauconnier - User:SandraF (WMF)
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation

Type of session
Talk + panel
Length of session
45 minutes
Ideal number of attendees
100 (Wikimedians)


In 2018, the most radical change on Wikimedia Commons takes place since its inception: Commons is converted to structured, machine-readable data (mainly powered by Wikidata and by its software, Wikibase).

This update has been a long-time request from the Commons community. It will make it much easier to view, search, edit, organize and re-use Commons files, and will finally make Commons truly multilingual.

Without structured data, media files on Commons have usually been difficult to find, translate, and describe. Structured data will change that for the better. With structured data, media can be provided with descriptions in any language, and Commons can be searched in any language as well. And as descriptions of media files on Wikimedia Commons become strongly interlinked with Wikidata, we will be able to enrich and connect them with a structured knowledge base that properly describes the full richness of cultures around the world.

Furthermore, the technical updates to Commons metadata and APIs also enable profound changes to upload processes and metrics, and make entirely new features and tools possible.

Because of these changes, Wikimedia Commons becomes a much more attractive platform for GLAMs around the world. Commons can now become a core piece of infrastructure for 'knowledge as a service': it becomes much more suitable as a (primary or secondary) media repository for digital media files of cultural collections around the world.

After a presentation about the current status and planned developments, there is a panel and Q&A session, with related initiatives and GLAM pilot projects that will be among the first to support structured data on Wikimedia Commons.

Projects in the panel discussion
  • FindingGLAMs, a project by Wikimedia Sweden (Axel Pettersson)
  • Metadata roundtripping prototype, a project by the Swedish Heritage Board (Albin Larsson)
  • Digitized publications, Wikisource and Structured Data on Commons (Satdeep Gill)
  • Digitized maps from the Spanish Instituto Geografico Nacional (Wikimedia Spain)
  • Flemish heritage collections on Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons (Sam Donvil)
What will attendees take away from this session?
  1. By the end of this session, attendees know what Structured Commons is about, and the project's current status, and can spread the word to their fellow volunteers / colleagues / communities.
  2. Attendees are inspired and informed by the (upcoming) projects presented in the panel discussion, and know where they will be able to find information and documentation to learn to do similar projects in their own context.
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