Wikidata presentation and workshop with Alex Stinson on January 30, 2018

Alex Stinson, GLAM-Wiki Strategist for the Wikimedia Foundation, will be visiting Stanford University on January 30, 2018. As a part of Alex's visit, he will be giving a presentation on GLAM-Wiki, Wikidata, and global knowledge and leading an Introduction to Wikidata workshop. More details about each event follow.

GLAM-Wiki, Wikidata, and Global Knowledge

January 30, 2018, 11:00am to 12:00pm
Green Library Bing Wing 121A (SSRC Classroom)
Free and open to all Stanford affiliates 

How do heritage and memory communities share collections, research and expertise with a broad public? The most mission aligned and visible internet platforms for doing this are Wikipedia and its sister projects which include the linked-open data platform Wikidata and free-media platform Wikimedia Commons. Alex will talk about the opportunities and challenges reflected in the global GLAM-Wiki community, especially as it relates to the two key trends happening in the Wikimedia community: a turn towards structured data, through Wikidata, and the challenge of creating a equitable global representation of knowledge.

Introduction to Wikidata workshop

January 30, 2018, 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Lathrop Library 370
Free and open to all Stanford affiliates
Registration required (limited to 25 participants): Introduction to Wikidata

In this workshop, Alex will introduce how Wikidata, a linked open database describing over 42 million concepts, works and can be used to advance cultural heritage and research projects. As part of the workshop, he will introduce the data structure, how to contribute, several tactics for matching data from authorities, and the query service. 

About Alex

Alex Stinson is the GLAM-Wiki Strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia. He develops infrastructure, capacity and best practices for Wikimedia's global volunteer community to partner with Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs).  Alex has a master's degree in English literature and previously worked in Digital Humanities, where he supported digitally inflected pedagogy and digital research projects which shared humanities knowledge with the public. Alex has been contributing to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects since 2005.