Wikimedia Conference 2018/Program/41
41. Raising the next generation of Wikidata experts in your community
- Length (min)
- Audience / Target group
- Local chapters organizers (no Wikidata knowledge necessary)
- Wikidata community members
- Session Format
Presentation and discussion
We are currently preparing a training program for building a community of trainers able to organize, prepare and run Wikidata workshops. We need your input on the material we have so far.
First, we will present a few tips and recommendations about how to organize a Wikidata workshop. We will also include the resources that already exist on the topic. Then, we will have a discussion and feedback phase, where you can express your needs regarding the training program, and the skills you think are necessary to acquire in order to organize and run a Wikidata workshop.
This session is helpful for anyone who would like to start building a Wikidata community in their local group.
- Desired Outcome
Feedback about the skills people would need to learn in a training plan for Wikidata trainers
- Next Steps and Milestones
- Update and publish our training program, based on feedback
- First iteration of trainings
According to them keys to organize a successful Wikidata workshop are:
- The context
- Requirements for the location (Quiet, Accessible, With good internet, Tables and chairs, Screen or projector, Optional: computers)
- You can approach these potential partners (University, Local library, Museum, Local free software group, Fablab, Other educational organization)
- How long? (30min for a simple Wikidata intro, 1h for a detailed presentation, 1h to edit Wikidata, +1-2h for the Query Service, +1h for external tools, One day for a hackathon
- Skills needed in your team (Ability to talk in front of an audience, Good knowledge of Wikidata, Good knowledge of the community rules, Good knowledge of the Query Service, Optional: experience with other tools, Optional: coding skills)
- Introducing Wikidata --> Describe what Wikidata is
- For 30 mins Workshop (Give a few numbers, Show and describe an item, Show that items are connected to each other, Show cool examples of reuse, Show where to find help)
- With more time (Talk about the history and goals, Talk about the community, Mention the WikiProjects, Show more cool tools, Edit a label or statement together, Help the attendees try on their own)
- The Query Service
- Understanding of the data structure (item/property/value)
- Goals: Give an overview of the tool, Reassure people, Make them curious, Empower them
Two methods among others: Minimal intro, then hands-on; Build your query step by step.
What skills would one need to learn?
- Introducing Wikidata in simple ways (How to introduce Wikidata)
- Read in Room
- Defining Objectives
- Make sure that people learned
- know your audience and their topics
- Understanding the documentation
- How to use Wikidata to improve Wikipedia
- Place Wikidata into free knowledge movement
- Presentation skills
- Judge feedback
- Aims and values, Objectives are measurable
- How to advertise Wikidata
- Listening to the audience
Speakers introduced their training plan to train the trainers on Wikidata (see slides).
Then there was a discussion & questions with suggestions from participants:
- Work very closely with an expert who is familiar with the structure
- You need to learn how to work with the partners, to see what they need, it is very rewarding to build up the relationship
- Some of the individual steps are connected, get yourself familiar with it
- the overall curriculum for Wikidata trainers as visioned by speakers might be too ambitious, people might get lost in the training
- Notes from the feedback round
The question was: what skills are the priority to become a good Wikidata trainer / workhops organizer?