Special report: Wikidata at the EuropeanaTech conference
Jason Evans talks about Wikidata and the National Library of Wales at EuropeanaTech 2018
Keynote speech about Wikimedia projects by Ben Vershbow at EuropeanaTech 2018
On 14-16 May, Europeana held its EuropeanaTech conference, in Rotterdam. This brought together almost 300 European and worldwide GLAM professionals working on technical aspects of cultural heritage, aggregation and Linked Open Data (LOD). Besides many participants from (mostly larger) European cultural institutions and umbrella organizations, there were also representatives from Brazil, India (National Digital Library of India) and the US (Digital Public Library of America).
Wikimedia projects - and especially Wikidata - were prominent topics during the conference. Ben Vershbow and Sandra Fauconnier (Wikimedia Foundation), Jens Ohlig (Wikimedia Deutschland), Liam Wyatt (Europeana) and Jason Evans (National Library of Wales) actively attended EuropeanaTech. One day before the conference, Europeana hosted a well-attended Wikidata workshop day at its own office, which was fully booked with 50 registered participants from European libraries, archives and museums. During the main conference, Ben held a keynote speech (video on YouTube), Jason Evans talked about NLW's work with Wikidata (slideshow on Slideshare), and Sandra presented Structured Data on Commons (slides on Commons). Apart from those presentations there was also a panel about Wikidata as authority data, moderated by Liam, and a panel that included Wikidata's multilingual aspects. Additionally, Wikidata was also mentioned a lot throughout other people's presentations; quite a few attendees already use Wikidata actively in their own projects. In conversations during breaks and meals, we also heard a lot of interest.
Some of the main themes throughout the conference were:
- Linked Open Data (LOD) in the cultural sector: how it's maturing, finally being concretely applied in the sector, and how LOD can become more usable altogether;
- Decentralization, reflecting the desire from cultural institutions to maintain and take responsibility for their own data repositories and to interconnect these through LOD in an ecosystem that does not solely rely on centralized hubs.
- Lexicographical data is now available on Wikidata!
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See also: Lexicographical properties
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