Workshop Wikidata SUPSI

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A wikidata workshop organised at SUPSI in Switzerland 6-9 February 2017. This workshop is developed in the frame of the project Wikipedia Primary School.

Overall question How to identify knowledge gaps on the Wikimedia projects?

  1. which knowledge is missing on the wikimedia projects from Africa?
  2. which knowledge is missing from the South African primary school curriculum (please refer to our selection of articles/topics)?


  • Wikidata is the best tool to trace what is available on the wikimedia projects.
  • By comparing data from wikidata and other data it is possible to define the knowledge gaps on the wikimedia projects.

Outcome Visualisation of a knowledge gaps in the wikimedia projects.

Skills to gain during the workshop:

  1. uploading content on Wikidata
  2. extrapolating data from Wikidata
  3. confronting data from Wikidata and other databases
  4. visualizations based on Wikidata
Visualizing Knowledge Gaps - SUPSI workshop on Wikidata - Lefleat

Comparison between people born in Africa and Europe with an article on Wikipedia

Women born in Africa with an article on Wikipedia according to Wikidata

Atelier of Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design, Building A, level -1.
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland SUPSI
Campus Trevano, Canobbio, Switzerland


  • Leading the workshop: Dr. Serena Cangiano, Giovanni Profeta
  • Participants: Marco Lurati, Fabian Frei, Giovanni Profeta, Dr. Iolanda Pensa, Florence Devouard (online), Michele Mauri (Tuesday).
  • Thanks for the Wikidata Q&A to Jens Ohlig, Software Communication Strategist, Wikimedia Deutschland.
  • Thanks for the workshop at the museum to Ilario Valdelli, community manager Wikimedia CH.


Monday 6[edit]

10:00 Introduction / Serena & Iolanda
10:30 -11:10 Florence Devouard: the desiderata
11:10 - 11:20 Questions analysis. The work is based on these desiderata
11:20 - 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 13:00 Exercise. Data retrieval session 1. Find on Wikidata the city with more and better data.

Pick the question, explore, document

14:00 - 15:00 present, comment, ask questions
15:00 - 16:00 Data retrieval session 2

Pick the question, explore, document

16:00 - 16:30 present, comment, ask questions
16:30 - 17:00 break
17:00 - 18:00 Visualizations concepts

Iolanda: 10-16

Tuesday 7[edit]

10:00 - 11:00 Concepts validation - data retrieval - questions for the experts
11:00 - 12:30 External participants (TBC) - Tobias Schoenwetter / Florence Devouard
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch with Ilario Valdelli to plan the Wikipedia workshop Thursday 9 February at the Natural History Museum of Lugano - promoted by Wikimedia CH and SUPSI in the frame of a project of the Laboratory of visual culture
13:30 - 16:30 Q&A wikidata Berlin session with Jens Ohlig (Wikimedia Deutschland, Software Communication Strategist)
16:30 - 17:00 break
17:00 - 18:00 Queries development

Iolanda: 10-14
Michele Mauri: 10-17

Wednesday 8[edit]

10:00 - 12:30 Recap
13:30 - 14:00 Refinement of the visualizations
14:00 - 16:30 Documentation
16:30 - 17:00 break
17:00 - 18:00 Presentation and next steps (further refinement? more visualizations?)

Iolanda 10-18

Thursday 9[edit]

9:00 - 11:00 Making or refinement (at the same time workshop of Ilario Valdelli at the Natural History Museum of Lugano - promoted by Wikimedia CH and SUPSI in the frame of a project of the Laboratory of visual culture)
11:00 - 12:30 Presentation
14:00 - 17:00 Refinement, documentation and reporting.

Iolanda: 9-14


Next steps[edit]

New workshop Workshop Wiki SUPSI - Chapter 2: 3-6 April 2017 (with a meeting the 3rd, 14:00-15:00)

  • What to do between 10 February and 3 Aprile 2017
  • What to do 3-6 April 2017

Related projects and initiatives

Tutorials related to Wikidata and GLAMs

Tutorial by Asaf Bartov 3-hour Wikidata tutorial. It covers what Wikidata is (00:00), how to contribute new data to Wikidata (1:09:34), how to create an entirely new item on Wikidata (1:27:07), how to embed data from Wikidata into pages on other wikis (1:52:54), tools like the Wikidata Game (1:39:20), Article Placeholder (2:01:01), Reasonator (2:54:15) and Mix-and-match (2:57:05), and how to query Wikidata (including SPARQL examples) (starting 2:05:05).

Video about GLAMs and Wikidata