Wikidata Tour Down Under (2018)/Wikipedia Sydney Seminar

In partnership with the State Library of New South Wales, Wikimedia Australia is pleased to present this half-day seminar for the Wikimedia community, library staff, GLAM professionals, researchers and educators.


9.30am Welcome and Update from SLNSW Wiki project - Geoff Barker

Slides: SLNSW Overview

9.45am Keynote: Wikidata: linking the GLAM sector and the web - Andy Mabbett

An accessible and engaging introduction to Wikidata and its relationship to the work of Galleries, Libraries, Museums, Archives and education. Andy's presentation will address: What is Wikidata? Why does the GLAM sector need to know about this? Who verifies the quality of Wikidata? How can individuals and organisations contribute and how will this data be used?

Andy Mabbett hails from Birmingham, England, and has been a Wikipedia editor (as User:Pigsonthewing) since 2003 and involved with Wikidata since its inception in 2012. His has experience working with the GLAM sector as a Wikipedian-in-Residence with organisations including ORCID, TED, The Royal Society of Chemistry, and Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.

10.45am Break

11.15am Presentations

Wikidata in social science research - Dr Heather Ford, UNSW

Wikidata an important site of study for understanding how knowledge-making activities have become interconnected and subject to new rules and new authorities. This matters because structured data from Wikidata (and other sites) now fuels artificial intelligence applications (particularly search engines) and provides millions of people around the world with answers to questions about the world around them.

Heather Ford is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW researching how platform rules influence the diversity, quality and reach of global public knowledge. Before returning to academia, she worked as the Executive Director of iCommons, co-founded Creative Commons South Africa and acted on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikipedia and Copyright: New Opportunities - Jessica Coates, Australian Digital Alliance & Australian Libraries Copyright Council

Jessica will look at recent and upcoming changes to Australian copyright law, and what they mean for Wikimedians. Thanks to initiatives like the Fair Copyright campaign, new opportunities are opening up in the public domain, if we can take advantage of them.

Jessica Coates is a copyright expert with nearly 20 years of experience working in Australia and overseas, including as the Global Network Manager of Creative Commons. Jessica currently works as the Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Alliance, which advocates for copyright reform in the public interest.

Wikijournal of Humanities - Dr Frances Di Lauro, University of Sydney

Frances Di Lauro is a Senior Lecturer in Writing Studies at the University of Sydney. She studies the impacts of community and personal relevance on writing practice and, since 2012 has been teaching communication ethics and logic using Wikipedia as a writing platform. She is co-editor of WikiStudies, an open access interdisciplinary journal devoted to research and scholarship on the social production of knowledge in the digital age, and editor-in-chief of the open access WikiJournal of the Humanities.

Using Wikimedia projects for Chemistry, Education, Australia, #FakeNews - Dr Toby Hudson, University of Sydney Presentation slides

Toby will discuss the current status of linking and systematisation of open scientific data and concepts. He will also show the utility of such a task by demonstrating a configurable all-language glossary of technical terms in a unit of study drawing live data from Wikidata. For newer users, he will suggest a roadmap and appropriate tools for rapidly making existing knowledge and data accessible on Wikidata, with a view to their use in education and research. He will also outline some of the current opportunities for Australia-related content, especially around geography, statistics, newspapers, law, heritage and biota.

Toby Hudson is a Senior Lecturer, and Director of First Year Chemistry at the University of Sydney. His research interests span materials chemistry simulation, search & optimisation, and educational technology. He has been involved in WMF projects since 2004, especially Commons, Wikidata, and the English Wikipedia, and has participated in a wide range of Australian, Educational and Scientific projects.

12.30pm Close

Wikidata community in conversation with Andy over lunch

2.00 - 4.00pm Hands-on Wikidata Workshop

In the afternoon following the seminar, there will be a hands-on workshop on Wikidata with Andy Mabbett and Dr Toby Hudson.

Register interest in this workshop with your seminar registration form and your place will be confirmed the week before.

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