Grants:Project/Rapid/Csisc/SPARQL: Be connected to Wikidata

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SPARQL: Be connected to Wikidata
A 3-Day Workshop to introduce Wikidata and Wikidata query service to computer scientists and developers in Sfax, Tunisia
start date25 January
end date27 January
budget (local currency)5546 TND
budget (USD)2000 USD
grant typeindividual
contact(s)• turkiabdelwaheb(_AT_)

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Project Goal[edit]

  1. Introduce Wikidata and Wikidata query service to computer scientists and developers in Tunisia
  2. Give interested people the required basic and advanced SPARQL skills to make Wikidata queries to assess and enrich the knowledge base and to generate new knowledge based on existing data in Wikidata

Project Plan[edit]


  1. What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?
    Allowing participants to master SPARQL query language so that they can use it for querying Wikidata and consequently to assess and ameliorate the quality of Wikidata and to use Wikidata as an ontological high-scale database for web applications for various purposes particularly medical ones.
  2. If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?
    Such meetings allowed participants to explore Wikidata and discover and adjust information gaps in Wikidata (
  3. How will you let participants know about the meeting?
    Participants will learn about the meeting from offline ads, posts in social media and call for participants in specialized mailing lists.
  4. How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?
    We will keep up engaged after the meeting is over by recruiting them to our association working on Wikimedia Research and Development and by inviting them to participate to our Wikidata-related research and development projects.
  5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
    This meeting is a continuation of our work related to Wikimedia-related research beginning since 2012: Mohamed Ali Hadj Taieb, Mohamed Ben Aouicha, Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou: Computing semantic relatedness using Wikipedia features. Knowl.-Based Syst. 50: 260-278 (2013).


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  1. Number of total participants: 30
  2. Number of people who will help organize the event: 4


  • Goodies, Meals: 40 * 30 * 3 = 3600 TND
  • Communication, Banners, Phone fees, Printer cartridges, A4 papers: 600 TND
  • Hotel fees and dinners for two people (an organizer and a speaker): 546 TND
  • Renting the room: 800 TND


  • I support it because i am a member of the global community and as an African, we need to push more medical content to the encyclopedia. Eyitayo Alimi (talk) 12:22, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • It really looks like a very meaningful project. Endorse, just wonder what the "goddies" are that take up so much of the budget.Kipala (talk) 12:44, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Kipala: Thank you for your endorsement, Concerning your question, the 3600 TND are not only for goodies but also for coffee breaks and lunches for 3 days. --Csisc (talk) 12:51, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • I would like to see the Medical Internet in a Box use Wikidata and this will help generate expertise, especially in the Arabic-speaking world. 13:02, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • I Amuzujoe I endorse this project because I believe it will help the young scientist's to help how to create query language that will help in making work easier. Amuzujoe (talk) 15:44, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • I endorse this projet because it's very helpfull for all generation but the most importante is young scientists Abakar B
  • Strong support Strong support the project.-Chabota (talk) 21:47, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support the project because it help to build a community of Wikiata contributors.-Papischou (talk) 21:47, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support A great initiative especially that there is a low rate of editing on Wikidata by Tunisian users. Sami Mlouhi (talk) 18:08, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support for this project.Modjou (talk) 12:09, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Amazing stuff! Really cool! I hope to have something like this in Egypt too!Reem Al-Kashif (talk)