Wikidata Days will be the first event of its kind held up in Portugal. Wikidata Days has roots on GLAM Days that took place at the National Library of Portugal in 2017, followed by the first edition of Wikidata Days in 2019 at Nova School of Business and Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, organized by Teresa e Alexandre Soares dos Santos Library in collaboration with Wikimedia Portugal.
In the previous edition there was a clear consensus that this model should grow to a larger scale and could act as a catalyst for capacity and community building, as well as attracting new editors to become active Wikimedians, with focus on institutions from the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) and the Academy / Education sectors.
In the aftermath of this event, Teresa e Alexandre Soares dos Santos Library and Wikimedia Portugal were committed to continue exploring this concept and expand it, adding a regional component that could embrace other Wikimedian communities in Africa, Brazil, and Spain. A key motivation is to empower globally marginalized communities and within them marginalized groups to develop capacities to contribute meaningfully to Wikidata.
The vision of this event is "share, collaborate, transform: shaping data in a changing world". Indeed, allowing access to data, contents, collections, and research is what librarians, archivists, curators, and academics have in common with Wikimedia’s mission: empowering people with knowledge. Data can be reinterpreted, remixed and reused into new pieces of information to create new knowledge. Only participatory and collaborative culture can make this happen.
We want to create a space where everyone can share their experiences, expertise, showcase best-practices and help to develop a culture of collaboration with several actors in society, institutions and create partnerships on a regional scale. We hope this will be a mark for the creation of new projects, allowing new editors to embrace Wikidata as an open platform for structured data and content dissemination.
To further explore Wikidata Days 2020 theme, the conference program will be organized around 3 areas: GLAMs, Academia/Education, and Community.
What benefits can Wikidata bring to GLAM? We will get to know and discuss the Wikimedia strategy for GLAMs and how it aligns with the goals of these institutions, identify opportunities for using Wikidata and showcase ongoing and completed projects. In the end, we want to increase participation from these institutions.
Wikidata can be a powerful tool to make open access and open scholarship a reality. We want to discuss how projects like WikiCite and Scholia can contribute to making scholarly communication open and accessible to the public, and advance the goal of free knowledge.
One of the main goals of the event is to foster relationships between the Portuguese community and other Wikimedian communities, mainly from Spain and Africa (neighbor affiliates) and Brazil (language proximity) and from other fellow open culture communities.