WikidataCon 2021: a sustainable future for Wikidata
In 2021, Wiki Movimento Brasil and Wikimedia Deutschland are organizing WikidataCon, the biannual conference for the Wikidata international community. The event will take place online on October 29-31st and you can register here to participate. For this year, the conference will get around Wikidata's sustainability in the axis of technical infra-structure, data quality, community health and diversity.
Days two and three of the conference are dedicated to community tracks that will tackle different themes as GLAMs, Science & Education, Tips & Tools, Reusable Data and more. You can submit a presentation proposal up to October 20!
Wikidata Community Awards: To celebrate the work of people and groups involved in Wikidata, you can nominate projects to be awarded in different categories. Let's lift up especially the work of those who usually are not in the spot, but that deserve our appreciation!
Wikidata Birthday presents: Wikidata turns 9 years old in 2021 and you can give gifts: from new tools and features to creative works of art!
Helper roles: To be announced soon - there will be plenty of room for your collaboration at the event!
The organization team has been working on preparatory events, especially for Latin America and Caribbean, in order to bring more people from those communities to the center of the discussion around Wikidata's future and sustainability. Aligned with the Reimagining Wikidata from the margins process, affiliates of the region received a grant for organizing local capacity building events to prepare for the conference, in a novel grant format in the Wikimedia Movement.
September was also dedicated to the Transbordados event, a pre conference organized by Wiki Movimento Brasil and Goethe-Institut São Paulo for Latin America. The three sessions with speakers from Argentina, Brazil, México and Uruguay approached Wikidata and decoloniality, knowledge organization and digital dissemination of collections and they are available in Brazilian Portuguese and in Spanish on YouTube and Wikimedia Commons.
GLAM Wiki Dashboard improvements
Éder Porto and Veronica Stocco from Wiki Movimento Brasil have fixed a bug on GLAM Wiki Dashboard that didn't allow the download of the data in the user-contribution page. They also recently added the option for the user to download a JSON that easily describes the data using the frictionless data protocol: for each downloaded column, it specifies now the data type and describes what it contains. You can find more information on GitHub.
New Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros upload
In September, Wiki Movimento Brasil uploaded the first batch of metadata from the Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB-USP) - the institute of Brazilian studies. This is a set of all 79 articles published in the musical culture magazine Ariel. The publication circulated between 1923 and 1924, highlighting the work of prominent names of Brazilian Modernism, such as Antônio de Sá Pereira, Antônio Paim Vieira e Mário de Andrade. Check out the metadata in this timeline.