WikiIndaba conference 2019/Submissions/Querying Wikidata with SPARQL for Absolute Beginners

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Submission no.
Title of the submission
Querying Wikidata with SPARQL for Absolute Beginners
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Asaf Bartov
Language of presentation


Asaf (WMF)
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

What are the largest cities in the world with a woman mayor? Who won national book awards in more than one country? What famous people were born in Cape Town? What is the leading cause of death among chemists? Who were some contemporaries of Michelangelo in Rome and in Florence?

Ask Wikidata!

The workshop would assume basic familiarity with Wikidata's structure -- items, properties, and values -- and walk attendees from absolute beginner level at querying Wikidata using SPARQL to using external tools and Google Spreadsheets. No prior knowledge of SPARQL necessary!

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will add Wikidata queries to their toolbelt, and be more confident in exploring what exists or is missing on Wikidata, for planning their future work with Wikidata, and demonstrating the power of Wikidata to partners.

Theme of presentation
  • Sister Projects
  • Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Beginner (but familiar with Wikidata itself -- what an item, property, and value is)
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
115 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
video recording of 2-hour workshop
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

Interested attendees[edit]

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  1. --Gereon K. (talk) 09:28, 25 October 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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Final decision[edit]