Photos taken at the final physical meetup for the Wikidata for Nigerian Novelists and Novels Campaign @ Ghalib Chambers Library Ilorin
Wikidata for Nigerian Novelist and Novel
Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that serves as a repository for structured data from Wikimedia sister projects such as Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, and Wikisource. It was discovered in a Wikidata query service run before March 2022 that many Nigerian Novels and Novelists were missing from the Wikidata repository, with Zero (https://w.wiki/4nsU) and 38 Novelists (https://w.wiki/4nsS) as a result.
This query resulted in the planning and execution of Wikidata for Nigerian Novelist and Novel by Rhoda James. A campaign to bridge the existing gap by creating and improving Wikidata items for Nigerian novelists and their novels in order to increase visibility for their work on the free data repository.
The physical training sessions were also attended by the Head of Branch National Library of Nigeria Kwara Branch, executive members of the Association of Nigerian Authors Kwara State Chapter, a guest speaker lecturer, Dr. Usman-Oladipo Akanbi (Novelist, and Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ilorin; who is also the founder of Imodoye Writers Enclave, Ilorin), and Ma Funmi Omisope (CEO, Home Street Kids Welfare Initiative, Kwara), who shared her experiences as an avid reader with participants at the event. Finally, 10 new editors were recruited, and existing editors' skills were enhanced.
The campaign, which ran from March 10th to May 15th, had over 40 participants on the dashboard and recorded a total of 1.63k items created, 8.45k references added, and 7k item views, as opposed to the initial target of 80 items.
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