Extracting world knowledge with Wikidata (intro and workshop Mon Oct 30 from 16-20 at IT College)
Almost all information on Wikipedia (in all languages), Wikimedia Commons (media repository of Wikipedia) and many other Wikiprojects (Wikispecies, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikiquote, Wiktionary, Wikivoyage etc) and many other public datasets gathered since 2012 can be mined in machine readable format at Wikidata, Wikimedia's open and free linked-data repository.
Asaf Bartov, one of the key wordlwide evangelists of Wikidata will be holding two workshop sessions at IT College on Oct 30th starting from 16 and 18 and will also present keynote/workshop at “Open licences, open content, open data" conference Nov 1–3 at Estonian National Museum in Tartu.
The workshop takes place in two parts at IT college, Raja 4C room no 316.
The first one starting from 16 presents Wikidata and walks attendees from absolute beginner level through contributing to Wikidata and understanding the structured linked data architecture used in the project.
The second one starting from 18 is about querying Wikidata using SPARQL and making practical use of Wikidata for extracting facts, creating knowledge graphs and importing data for use with external tools and Google Spreadsheets.
Wikidata is an endless resource of structured linked data on all imaginable topics with an open API and full database dumps freely available, Wikidata can a useful resource for countless general as well as specific purposes. For example, Google uses it for displaying facts in search results, the uses of Wikidata span from marketing to semantic web solutions, not to mention analysis of history and differences in Wikiprojects and their contents from different cultures and languages.
Asaf Bartov is working as a senior program officer at Wikimedia and has a strong background in software engineering, and an abiding interest in literature, education, open access, linked data, and library science. He writes free software related to Wikimedia projects publishing the source code at https://github.com/abartov