Wikimedia Deutschland/Data Partnerships Model/Conclusion

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Conclusion

As previously outlined, the data partnerships model is a living document. As we move forward, the model document offers a place to outline and share what we learn along the way. It should already be clear that we have outstanding topics, questions and challenges in the field of data partnerships. In this final section we will cover those outstanding topics in further detail.

There are many challenging unanswered questions in the realm of data partnerships. For example, how do we make decisions or delegate resources when we receive a number of equally promising requests for collaboration? While not yet an acute issue, it remains unclear how we might deal with such a challenge in the future. For this reason, we must continue revisiting and evaluating our decision-making criteria to ensure that our decisions are fair, structured and consistent with our wider strategic goals and with the 2030 movement strategy.

On the topic of limited resources, we must also continue to build strong collaborative structures within the movement, which help spread data partnership work across all parts of the movement and create opportunities for matching collaborative requests with available capacity, wherever in the movement they can be found.

In particular, the topic of marginalized knowledge is something that we wish to address, and we need to look into how we can best support it in a data partnerships context, as well as deciding whether certain knowledge areas should have a higher priority when we make decisions on collaboration requests.

The emerging Wikibase ecosystem and its place in the Linked Open Data Web still need better definition. Eventually, we will also need a clear plan for its actualization. Although we have begun to describe this ecosystem as a goal in our strategy papers, we still need clarity about what it means for data partnerships work and for this model. That clarity will come when we have resolutions to open issues such as how to convince partners who use Wikibase and who participate in the Wikibase ecosystem to give back to that ecosystem. There is a technical aspect to that (for example, the specific implementation of federation), but there is also the task of creating the right conditions under which diverse partners can and will link their content to the ecosystem, especially when their data collections are not available under a free license.

We also find ourselves only at the beginning of drafting guidelines and definitions for independent Wikibase service providers and for software developers outside Wikimedia Deutschland. We need these guidelines to grow the ecosystem, but they raise interesting questions: how can we share control over the software while ensuring the ecosystem and software continue to grow in a healthy and sustainable way? Similar questions apply to the roles that the Wikidata and Wikibase communities should play.

The question we must keep asking ourselves is this: what does the Linked Open Data Web we want to see actually look like, and what is our role in it?

The future is unwritten, but we are eager to learn and adapt. Ultimately, we are excited to see how data partnerships can provide more people with more access to more knowledge in a Wikibase ecosystem and the larger Linked Open Data Web.