- Title of the event: Wikidata Labs
- Date: Series of (almost!) monthly trainings that occurs since October 2017
- Organizers: Wiki Movement Brazil User Group
Format of the event
- Main format
Thematic presentation with discussion followed by a hands-on activity
- 6 hours - usually, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (BRT). Presentation + discussion usually takes 2 hours, we have an one hour break for lunch and then come back for the practical activity for more 3 hours.
- Main goal
- Provide trainings on specific Wikidata tools/projects
- Streghten the lusophone community around Wikidata realated themes
- Gather wikimedists, scholars and GLAM profesionals on Wikidata resources
- Main target audience
- Experienced wikimedians and newcomers to Wikidata
- Scholars from different knowledge fields and GLAM professionals
- Mainly the portuguese-speaking community
- Total number of participants
- +30 people engage on the live presentation
- Around 12 participants join the hands-on part of the event
- Number of organizers
- One speaker + at least 4 facilitators for setting the event program and communicating the event for the community
- Language(s) spoken during the event
- Mostly Portuguese, but some editions are held in English
- Tools used
- YouTube + Streamyard for the live presentation with dicussion and Etherpad for taking notes. Dashboard outreach for registrations + metrics. We've been using Group.me to communicate with each other during the practical activity -- it is a simple chat platform that allows to send text messages and images. We create a different channel on it for each remote event edition. The participant needs to create an account on group.me with their e-mail, Facebook profile or cellphone number. We are looking for an alternative to Group.me that doesn't require those data to join!
- Methods used
- We reach out to members of our community that are doing some interesting project on Wikidata or someone that is experienced on a tool and invite her/him to speak for our audience about it. Then we work together to set a practical activity related to that topic that can be related to a on going project on the lusophone community. For example, we decide to work on modeling a specific set of data from a GLAM partnership, further a project on the early stages or test new tools.
- Village pumps
- Wikidata newsletter
- Wikidata Telegram groups
- Wikidata groups on Facebook
- WMB social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- WMB partners social media (specially through a research center at the University of São Paulo called RIDC NeuroMat and through the Paulista Museum)
- For the entirely remote version of the event, we are being successfull on setting the presentation broadcast (the choosen tools for it work very well!)
- We've been organizing these trainings since 2017 at a university lab in São Paulo. Suddenly, we have to adjust the dynamic for an entirely remote format due the pandemic. I'd say that the main challenge now is to recriate the attention and the interaction that the physical space allows to the participants on practical activities.
- Maybe shortten the presentation part considering that the online audience get tired sooner than an offline one
- Find a better communication system for the practical activity after the presentation
- Maybe also do some editions on more introductory themes for engaging new audiences, considering that now we can have a broader audience since it is being entirely online
- If you're on the first steps of building a Wikidata community, start covering basic topics so you can gather a recurrent group to keep up with the events
- Don't be afraid to blend other projects from your user group/community/chapter, such as GLAM and Education -- Wikidata has all sorts of applications!
- Invite people from different backgrounds as speakers!
- Prep the speaker antecipately indicating what are the expectatios of the talk, who is the target audience, what level of technicality is . Also, make sure that the speaker knows how to use the choosen live broadcast platform and test it with her/him.
Links bellow contain all documentation from the event - resume, slides, schedule, activity materials, videos, metrics etc. We've been using the completely remote format since Wikidata Lab XXI. The format with live broadcast was inaugurated on Wikidata Lab VIII. Before that, the event was entirely presential. Thought would be nice to share the earlier editions as well in order to maybe inspire wikimedians out there looking for Wikidata events themes and activities.
- Wikidata Lab I: Automatic infoboxes - presented by Ederporto (PT-BR)
- Wikidata Lab II: Wikidata lists using Listeria - presented by Mike Peel (EN/PT-BR)
- Wikidata Lab III: How to propose and use identifiers - presented by Sturm (PT-BR)
- Wikidata Lab IV: Adding a great volume of data with Quickstatements -presented by Ederporto (PT-BR)
- Wikidata Lab V: Mass uploads with GLAMpipe - presented by Ari Hayrinen (EN)
- Wikidata Lab VI: Structured data on Commons - presented by Sandra Fauconnier (EN)
- Wikidata Lab VII: Structured data in interactive maps - presented by Sturm (PT-BR)
Events taken presentialy, but with live broadcast:
- Wikidata Lab VIII: special weekend
- Wikidata Lab IX: Structured narratives on Wikipedia - presented by EricaAzzellini (PT-BR) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab X: Writing bots on Wikidata - presented by Mike Peel (EN)
- Wikidata Lab XI: Project structuring (Wikidata birthday!) - presented by Joalpe (PT-BR) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XII: Metadata reconciliation with OpenRefine - presented by GiFontenelle (PT-BR) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XIII: Constraining structured data - presented by Mike Peel (EN)
- Wikidata Lab XIV: Modeling with intentional structuring - presented by EricaAzzellini (PT-BR) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XV: Lexicographical data - presented by Léa Lacroix (EN) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XVI: Wikiprojects and quality metrics - presented by Ederporto and [user:GiFontenelle|GiFontenelle]] (PT-BR) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XVII: Reviewing scrapping techniques - presented by Veronica Stocco (PT-BR) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XVIII: Structured data on Wikimedia Commons - presented by Sandra Fauconnier (EN) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XIX: Knowledge diversity and conflicting data - presented by Denny Vrandečić (EN) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XX - postponed (although we used the occasion to collectively work on our WikidataCon 2019 presentations ;))
- Wikidata Lab XXI: Structured bibliographic references - presented Ederporto (PT-BR) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XXII: Wikiproject COVID-19 - presented by TiagoLubiana (EN) YouTube
- Wikidata Lab XXIII: Wiki-education and data literacy - presented by Shani Evenstein (EN) YouTube
Questions & discussions
If you want to talk to the the organizers, ask further questions, feel free to use the talk page.