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Data partnership scenarios

Partnership scenarios are usually split by project i.e. either Wikidata or Wikibase though they may also be a mix of the two. They may even start as one and develop into the other. For example, our partnership with the German National Library entails both a Wikibase evaluation and the enriching of Wikidata Items through a data donation.

Wikidata partnerships[edit]

Structured data donation & linking to data[edit]

In the case of a structured data donation, a partner has a set of data that they want to donate to Wikidata. There are two forms of data donations: either new items are added to Wikidata or existing items are enriched with the addition of further statements. Structured data donations are usually handled by the community after our initial contact. That process is documented here. In this case, communications with the partner should stress that the partner making the donation becomes part of the community and does not “own” the items or statements, since anything may be edited by anyone on Wikidata.

Linking to data can be seen as a special case of data donation. An institution’s data sets may contain identifiers that can be linked to Q-IDs in Wikidata, thus strengthening Wikidata’s role as a hub in the Linked Open Data Web. A good example is the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). With the help of a Wikidata community member, over seven thousand existing Wikidata items were connected to their online database GEPRIS Historisch.

How does the project help them?

There are many reasons why a data donation might help a partner, including but not limited to increasing visibility, enrichment, multilingual support and revealing potential biases in their collection. When linking to Wikidata, their data collection gets more visibility and is made available via Wikidata. Their data gets linked to other identifiers, making their identifiers discoverable and creating linked data that connects realms (e.g., a bibliographic identifier linked to GND, VIAF, or LOC).

How does the project help us?

Wikidata gets access to high-quality data which improves the overall data quality and usefulness of Wikidata. As more external databases are linked, Wikidata strengthens its role as a hub in the Linked Open Data web.

What support do we provide?

We guide our partners in the different stages of their project. We offer information on how to make data donations through introductory presentations, workshops, documentation, and answering questions via email. The communities are very involved in data donation partnerships. All data that gets uploaded needs to be approved by the community members.

We do not offer technical support, however we initiate the contact between partners and community members who are willing to help with uploading and maintaining the data. We support the data donation by publicizing it (e.g. blog posts, press releases, interviews) to ensure its visibility in our movement and beyond.

The kind of support we could offer:

  • Introduction and workshops about Wikidata
  • Advice and support on how and when to use Wikidata
  • Help with navigating the Wikidata community
  • Publicizing data donations
  • Provide documentation on how to make data donations

Questions to ask in this scenario:

  • Is the data notable according to Wikidata community rules?
  • Is the data quality high enough for the Wikidata community?
  • Regarding the scope of the improved data: how big is the set?
  • Does the data fall within Wikidata’s scope?
  • Will a community member or in-house expert assist in both uploading and maintaining the data on an ongoing basis?
  • In the case of linking data: does the data have persistent identifiers?

Wikibase partnerships[edit]

Installing a Wikibase instance that may or may not link to Wikidata[edit]

We actively explore this option for institutions that have structured data which may not be within Wikidata’s scope. The Gemeinsame Normdatei (GND) Wikibase evaluation at the German National Library is a good example; interest in the library world is very high. For institutions, especially libraries, Wikibase is often the most attractive open-source solution for structured and linked data. Partnerships such as these allow us to collect needs and requirements to aid our development process and demonstrate how Wikibase works in the wild. Additionally, such projects show that Wikibase can successfully power non-Wikimedia projects approaching the scale of Wikidata.

How does the project help them?

They can explore and evaluate Wikibase for their structured data needs. In many cases, Wikibase is the only solution to flexibly model, collaboratively edit and query linked data.

How does the project help us?

  • More knowledge is made accessible to more people
  • Increased insight into the user requirements for Wikibase
  • Increased visibility of Wikibase
  • The Wikibase ecosystem is strengthened

What support do we provide?

We guide our partners in the different stages of their project. We offer information on the installation of Wikibase through introductory presentations, workshops, documentation and answering questions via email. We organize monthly meetings with the WMDE partnerships team as well as consultations with engineers from our development department to help our partners in tackling challenges such as technical issues that might arise as they progress with their project. Our team collects feedback about user interface and user requirements and works closely with the development and UX team to improve the Wikibase user experience. We support the installation by publicizing it (e.g. in a blog post, press release, interview) to make sure it gets visibility in our movement and beyond.

The kind of support we could offer:

  • Introduction and workshops about Wikidata
  • Advice and support on how and when to use Wikidata
  • Help with navigating the Wikidata community
  • Publicizing data donations
  • Provide documentation on how to make data donations

Do we provide technical support?

Every partnership is different and the answer can vary greatly, but we help as much as our resources permit.

Questions to ask in this scenario:

  • Is Wikibase suitable for this data set?
  • Does the potential partner have the technical expertise to install, maintain and host Wikibase?
  • Does the potential partner have the technical expertise to model, upload and maintain the data?
  • Is the Wikibase increasing the sum of publicly available free data? Does it contribute meaningfully to the ecosystem (e.g. add not yet existent data, increase diversity...)?