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Submission no. 025
Title of the submission
Asking Question of Wikidata: How to use the Wikidata Query Service
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)
Workshop, 1 hour
Author of the submission
Alex Stinson (Astinson (WMF)
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Astinson (WMF)/Sadads
Country of origin
United States
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

This workshop requires basic understanding of Wikidata, including its data structure. Wikidata is a powerful tool that can be used for a variety of purposes: from prioritizing new content that can be added to various Wikimedia projects, asking abstract questions about content contained in other parts of the Wikimedia ecosystem, and creating complex maps, graphs and timelines. All of these question asking activities are run through the Wikidata Query Service, an engine that utilizes the language SPARQL to ask questions of Wikidata.

What will attendees take away from this session?

This workshop will introduce:

  • the Wikidata query service, and the basic structure for writing a query in SPARQL .
  • How to use Wikidata queries to power other technologies, such as:
    • Petscan, Wikimedia list-building tool
    • Histropedia a timeline building tool
    • ListeriaBot, a tool for building lists on Wikimedia projects using Wikidata
  • Where to find help developing queries on Wikidata and social media

Theme of presentation
Sister Projects, Technology
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
intermediate, participants require prior knowledge of Wikidata and it's data structure
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
50-60 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Prefer to be after the introduction to Wikidata, and before the Wikidata Workshops proposal
Is this Submission a Draft or Final? Final

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  1. Anthere (talk) 23:29, 15 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]

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