Closing the knowledge gap on Africa is a common goal for both the global Wikimedia community and the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL). The ASCL is a knowledge institute that undertakes research and is involved in teaching about Africa. In 2018 the ASCL library has started to engage with Wikidata by uploading its African Studies Thesaurus (a structured vocabulary of more than 12500 English terms in the field of African studies) to Wikidata and by regularly adding Africa-related publications in the context of WikiCite.
Adding scholarly publications to Wikidata is only a small extra effort for the information specialist who maintains the library’s acquisition list and scholarly article alert service. Thanks to a couple of minutes extra time spent, titles on Equatorial Guinea are now present in Wikidata, which is great. On the other hand, no single title of the ASCL’s weekly additions to Wikidata is actually being used. There is no consensus to use the citation data from Wikidata in Wikipedia articles. The use of citation template Cite Q is discouraged. Africa publications in the humanities and social scienses uploaded by the ASCL and other volunteers drown in the sea of scholarly publications in natural sciences. How to make these titles visible? Is there a way to make the titles being used ? Is the ASCL just flooding and trashing Wikidata?
This interactive presentation consists of 2 parts. A 10 min use case presentation of how the ASCL contributes to WikiCite. The presenters share some lessons learned and some (unsolved) challenges the institute faces. 20 min interaction with the audience in which the presenters would like to invite the audience to share their experience with contributing to WikiCite.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
This session relates to
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
Participants will learn:
- How to contribute to WikiCite
- Get to know some challenges of adding publications to WikiCite
- Learn about ways to get attention for scholarly articles about Africa
- Jos Damen (African Studies Centre Leiden)
- Ursula Oberst (African Studies Centre Leiden)
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Lightning talk
- Computer-based training
- Discussion-based training
- Workshop to identify and try to solve problem
- Roundtable discussion forum
- Panel with audience Question & Answer session
- Other: interactive presentation (see description)
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: Classroom with whiteboard and projector/screen is fine.