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Fuzheado/Museum Computer Network 2018 Wikidata seminar
First-ever Wikidata training session for GLAM professionals at the Museum Computer Network conference, one of the most prominent gatherings of museum technologists and digital specialists in the United States. I was specifically asked to submit a talk on Wikidata, as there has been increased interest in this from museum practitioners, and they have never had any formal introduction to Wikidata among this peer group. This is a high impact way to introduce Wikidata and Wikimedia's GLAM initiatives to cultural institutions already doing linked open data work or who are new to structured data in the commons.
targetWikidata, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, GLAM Wiki
start dateNovember 13
start year2018
end dateNovember 16
end year2018
budget (local currency)US $1978
budget (USD)US $1978
grant typeindividual
contact(s)• andrew.lih(_AT_)

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Project Goal[edit]

  1. Provide basic understanding of Wikidata concepts and its role in the Wikimedia landscape
  2. Increase awareness of Wikidata and structured data initiatives related to the GLAM sector
  3. Expand network of cultural partners in the US and internationally
  4. Recruit new Wikidata participants from mission-aligned institutions
  5. Demostrate contribution and linking of GLAM data sets to Wikidata

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. What is the purpose of the event you're attending and why is it important that you attend?

The session is titled "A First Date with Wikidata" [1] and aims to introduce museum professionals and digital specialists to the fundamentals of Wikidata. We estimate about 80-100 attendees to the 60 minute session, which will be based on training I have done with Smithsonian Institution staff over the past year. Example Slides can be found here.
I have been one of the primary Wikidata trainers in the U.S. and North America, having worked with the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Archives, Library of Congress and OCLC on Wikidata seminars and initiatives. I've attended Wikidatacon, Wikicite and ran Wikiconference North America 2017 training for Wikidata. However, this will be the biggest audience of GLAM professionals we will have at one event to date.

2. Will you be presenting at the event?


3. What kind of outreach activity do you plan to do?

The session will be an introduction to Wikidata, based on my "Wikidata in One Page" guide, which is now available in eight languages. We will be doing hands-on editing of Wikidata items from mobile or laptop, and participants will walk away with a basic understanding of Wikidata items, properties, triples and basics of the SPARQL query language.
Wikidata in one page

4. How will you let other participants know about your outreach activity?

It is on the digital and print program of the conference, but we will also be reaching out to known GLAM networks on Facebook, social media and mailing lists. We will also reach out to particular museum professionals through our existing GLAM connections.

5. Do you have a specific networking plan? (e.g. specific people, organizations, groups you would like to develop partnerships with)

There are other synergistic sessions and presenters at the conference, some which are wiki-related and some with linked open data. Among the ones I plan to meet and discuss collaboration plans include:
Publishing Linked Open Data: We Did It. Now You Can! [2]
Art Wiki at SFMOMA [3]
The possibilities of exhibition histories, LOD, and improving access to historical Museum materials [4]
WikiWelcome - creating and sharing knowledge in present, past and future [5]

6. What is your plan to follow-up with new contacts?

In my training, I introduce multiple ways to keep in touch, including introducing the on-wiki forums (Wikidata Project Chat), mailing lists for Wikidata and Wikitech, active and robust Facebook groups related to GLAM and Wikidata, and my own personal contact information in social media and on wiki. I also plan to followup with GLAM institutions that want to upload and donate data sets to tools such as Mix-n-match, which is something I have done with many previous GLAM organizations.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets as applicable:

  1. Number of presentation attendees: 80-100 estimated
  2. Number of new potential partners: 10-15 new partners estimated
  3. Number of outreach activity participants: same as above for presentation
  4. Number of new editors: TBD
  5. Number of of articles created or improved: TBD


What resources do you have? Include in-kind donations or additional funding.

None in addition to the travel grant. Building off existing work on Wikidata training in Washington D.C.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

All travel related funds:
  • Museum Computer Network, Denver, conference registration - $850
  • Air travel from Washington D.C. area to Denver - $372
  • Lodging - $516 for November 13-16, 2018, downtown Denver
  • Transport - $80 x 2, to and from airport in Washington D.C. area
  • Transport - $40 x 2, to and from Denver Airport
TOTAL: US $1978


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • MCN is one of the most important venues for Museum Technology decisions in North America. Andrew is also one of our more experienced outreach leaders in the North American community with both GLAM and Wikidata training and outreach. This is a good use of movement reasources, especially when we don't have a US national organization that this kind of outreach would fall into scope for. Sadads (talk) 13:13, 16 October 2018 (UTC)