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Knowledge Graphs and Meetups
Metropolitan Museum of Art's Understanding America Edit-a-thon
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with support of Wikimedia NYC, held the Understanding America Edit-a-thon. Among the activities included improving the articles around Americana and visualizing the collections of The Met with new tools. Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado) showed the early test of a new tool to assist in creating knowledge graphs in Wikidata, called Knowledge Grapher. You can try out the tool here on ToolsLabs.
Knowledege Grapher takes a list of Wikidata items or Wikipedia articles and finds the relationships among the Wikidata items related to the list. It then uses Wikidata's graph display to show connectedness among those concepts and Wikidata items. Some examples from the Edit-a-thon include illustrating Hudson River School artists and their paintings, or depiction info related to those paintings. Browse some of them below or create your own.
Met's Hudson River School aritsts and works in the collection of the museum.
Illustration of all depictions in Hudson River School works and themes
Users are welcome to try the tool and feedback is appreciated.
Editing highlights from the edit-a-thon include an expansion of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, a pair of busts by the African American and Native American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, and translations of two major Hudson River School paintings to French Wikipedia.
Women's Suffrage Centennial Wikipedia Editing Workshop
Arlington public library, and Wikimedia DC held a meetup, Women's Suffrage Centennial Wikipedia Editing Workshop
Frankie Knuckles and Friends
Stony Island Arts Bank and AfroCROWD held a meetup, Frankie Knuckles and Friends: A Wikipedia Editathon
Wikipedia Day San Diego
San Diego Central Library and San Diego Wikimedians held a meetup, Wikipedia Day edit-a-thon
Public Domain Day
American University Washington College of Law, Creative Commons, SPARC, and Internet archive held a meetup, Public Domain Day: A Celebration of Our Shared Culture and Heritage. Brewster Kahle and Julia Reda talked; there was a livestream.
American Folklife Center’s Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
The Library of Congress American Folklife Center, and Wikimedia DC held a meetup, American Folklife Center’s Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Biographical Entries on Women Folklorists, Ethnomusicologists, and Fieldworkers
SPIE Photonics West edit-a-thon
The annual SPIE (previously known as: Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers) Photonics West conference held a Wikipedia workshop at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco. It focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion in researching, writing, and improving the biographies of gender, ethnic, and racial minorities working in photonics and optics. Attendees also became acquainted with how to upload photos to Wikimedia Commons. It was hosted by SPIE Women In Optics, and the instructor was Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight.
One Year Anniversary of Cleveland Museum of Art's Open Access
January 23, 2020 was the one-year anniversary of the the Cleveland Museum of Art's Open Access Program, which has released images of 30,000 public domain artworks into the public domain, alongside metadata for more than 61,000 artworks. In recognition of the one-year anniversary of this program, WikiProject Cleveland of Art launched an online editing campaign to create and improve articles related to the Museum, including artists and artworks featured in its collection.
Some statistics on Wikimedia since the start of the program:
- There are over 62,000 Wikidata items with Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) accession numbers.
- The 80 millionth Wikidata item, Q80000000, represents a medal from the CMA's collection commemorating the 300th anniversary of the purchase of Manhattan Island.
- There are over 40,000 images of CMA artworks on the Wikimedia Commons, representing 28,170 unique artworks.
- CMA scans and photographs have been used to illustrate Wikipedia articles in over 25 languages.
- Turner's The Burning of the Houses of Parliament alone is used in 27 articles in 16 different language editions of Wikipedia.