GLAM Wiki 2023/Program/WADE: A tool for adding depiction information to artworks on Wikidata

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Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2118 WADE: A tool for adding depiction information to artworks on Wikidata
Facilitators/Speakers: Edward Betts Time block: Morning Beginning: 11:30
Location: 411 Duration: 45 min

The Wiki Art Depiction Explorer (WADE) is a user-friendly web interface to add depiction information to the Wikidata items of artworks.

Wikidata contains 879,411 items that represent paintings. These paintings are catalogued with various bits of information like the name of painter and when the painting was made. One important piece of information that is often missing is a machine readable description of what is depicted in the painting.

Wikidata editors are able to record what appears in a painting using the depicts (P180) property. Adding these depicts statements using the standard Wikidata web interface is laborious and unrewarding. Only 16.2% of the paintings in Wikidata have a depicts statement.

WADE was built to solve this problem. It shows the cataloguer a picture of the painting and asks them what is depicted.

I will describe how WADE works, how the community is using it and next steps for the project.

The audience will learn the benefit of using a dedicated tool for cataloguing art works. They see different ways of exploring the range of artwork Wikidata items.

Attendees will understand the role that tool builders can play in supporting the GLAM wiki community.

Experience level: Intermediate
Keywords: Free, Libre & Open Source Software (FLOSS) for cultural heritage, Metrics & tools (i.e., GLAM Wiki Dashboards, etc.), Tech, platforms & tools
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