2019:Education/Integrating Wikidata into Education
|This is an Accepted submission for the Education space at Wikimania 2019.|
Title[edit | edit source]
Integrating Wikidata into Education
Session leader(s)[edit | edit source]
|Full Name*||Email address*||Wikimedia Username (if you have one)||Affiliation||Country||Role, website or any other details you'd like to share|
|Shani Evensteinemail@example.com||Esh77||Tel Aviv University; The Wikipedia & Education User Group||Israel||Chairperson, The Wikipedia & Education User Group|
|João Alexandre Peschanskifirstname.lastname@example.org||Joalpe||Wiki Movimento Brasil||Brazil|
|Ewan McAndrewemail@example.com||Stinglehammer||University of Edinburgh; Wikimedia UK||Scotland||Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh|
|Will Kentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Will (Wiki Ed)||Wiki Education||United States||Wikidata Program Manager, running Wikidata online courses and in-person workshops (attending remotely)|
|Daniel Mietchen||daniel.mietchen(at)virginia(dot)edu||Daniel Mietchen||Data Science Institute, University of Virginia||United States||active at the interface of Wikimedia and research; will attend remotely|
|Giovanna Fontenelleemail@example.com||GiFontenelle||Wiki Movimento Brasil||Brazil|
|Martin Poulter||martin.poulter(at)bodleian.ox.ac.uk||User:MartinPoulter||University of Oxford||United Kingdom||Have pioneered a "Wikidata as a foreign language" training workshop for librarians and the public|
|Lane Rasberryfirstname.lastname@example.org||bluerasberry||Data Science Institute, University of Virginia||United States||Wikimedian in Residence, presenting Wikidata + Education|
|Éder Portoemail@example.com||Ederporto||Wiki Movimento Brasil||Brazil||Mostly a developer of gambiarras ("creative solutions") that help on the integration between Wikidata and other projects|
Session type[edit | edit source]
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design priorities submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Panel of up to 5 panelists, with audience Q& A at the end
Length of session[edit | edit source]
- 60 minutes
Description[edit | edit source]
About the panel:
Wikidata, Wikipedia's sister project, is a structured, linked-data knowledge base. In fact, it is the biggest Semantic Web platform humanity ever created, with over 50 million items and is being used by many, including AIs agents such as Alexa & Siri, as it's open and free. But it's also the biggest Open Educational Resources (OER) humanity created, and in-itself holds many learning opportunities, with the potential to completely transform the way we engage with data, consume knowledge, teach & learn. For example, in a click of a button one can query it and create a timeline to explore favorite Italian painters, women chemists along history, or historical events; Show all hospitals within a 50 km radius on an interactive map; Or show family trees and bubble charts of whatever interest you. In that, Wikidata allows us to not on ly access very specific and relevant data we are looking for, but also *visualize* it in exciting and engaging new ways.
Working with Wikidata in an educational context, whether it is a formal or informal education setting, can expose learners to a variety of issues and topics, such as -
- Data modeling and ontological skills
- Data completeness, knowledge gaps and biases
- Data verification and manipulation
- And Data preparation in cases of importing huge masses of data.
These in turn help learners to develop "data literacy", in addition to all the well known benefits that stem from contributing to Wikipedia, such as digital skills, critical thinking & collaborative skills. But Wikidata is a fairly young project (6 and a half years old), and most academics, educators and researchers do not even know it exist. In actuality, academia is just taking its first steps exploring how Wikidata could be used in an educational context.
This panel will host a discussion with educators and Wikimedians who are implementing Wikidata into the educational & academic curricula, focusing on ideas for successful integration, as well as exploring some of the benefits and challenges of doing that.
About the panelists:
- Shani Evenstein is an Israeli educator, lecturer, researcher and free knowledge advocate. In 2018 she opened the first course in the world to feature Wikidata at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and her PhD research at the School of Education focuses on Wikidata as a Learning Platform.
- Lane Rasberry is Wikimedian in Residence at the Data Science Institute at the University of Virginia. In this role he supports university faculty in using Wikidata to introduce concepts in data science, facilitates graduate student data science research on the Wikimedia platform, and contributes to the WikiCite project.
- Dr Martin Poulter is the Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford.
- Will Kent is the Wikidata Data Program Manager at Wiki Education. He facilitates courses (both online and in person) to teach new Wikidata editors. These courses provide training modules, assignments, and weekly meetings to explore a variety of Wikidata-related topics. Currently he is working to teach librarians how to edit Wikidata and share their collections.
Relationship to the theme[edit | edit source]
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
Session outcomes[edit | edit source]
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
Attendees of the panel will become:
- exposed to case studies of integrating Wikidata into Education from around the world
- aware of the benefits of integrating Wikidata into Education
- aware of the challenges of integrating Wikidata into Education
Relation to other Spaces[edit | edit source]
Requirements[edit | edit source]
The session will work best with these conditions: