In 2019, Wikimedia Commons is undergoing a major update: it is now possible to describe files on Wikimedia Commons with multilingual, structured, machine-readable data from Wikidata.
In this roundtable and conversation session, we will look at the new features that have been enabled with Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons, their current adoption by the Wikimedia Commons community, and the potential that is opened by structured data. Members of the Structured Commons team talk about the existing plans for further development and ask for the participants' input on their wishes and priorities. What should the future of Structured Commons look like?
When the session is 30-40 minutes or longer, it is also possible to break out into smaller groups that will discuss sub-topics prioritized by the participants, unconference-style. Potential topics for such groups can be (but are not limited to)
- Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons: what is needed for better content partnerships?
- How can structured data on Wikimedia Commons help build a stronger and larger community?
- Which features do we need next, in which order?
- Structured data on Wikimedia Commons in relation to (structured data on) other Wikimedia projects, such as Wikidata, Wikisource and Wikipedia
(The proposer of this session is very open to get in conversation with the Space leaders and to work together on an optimal format for this session!)
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
- Participants have a good idea of the new features and possibilities offered by Structured Data on Commons
- Participants have provided input on their needs priorities for further development
- Participants have contributed to a clearer vision about the future of structured data on Wikimedia Commons and other Wikimedia projects
- Sandra Fauconnier (Wikimedia Foundation)
- Wikimedia Commons community members (depending on conference attendance)
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
Multimedia is an important part of advancing several important themes in the Sustainable Development Goals:
- Quality education -- searchable educational multimedia that can be discovered in any language strengthens the utility of mother tongues and mother tongue education on the internet. Much of the work that our communities do to preserve and capture culture are captured in Wikimedia Commons.
- Peace, justice and strong institutions-- having a free and open environment for sharing multimedia in the global context, and the work that commons photographers do (like covering protests, cultural events, and public gatherings of different kinds), advances the transparency and access to information for everyone in the world.
- Zero hunger and Good health and wellbeing -- well labeled information about the living world around us and the human experience advances the ways in which communities can share from and learn from the experiences of others.
- Industry, innovation and infrastructure -- with structured data on Wikimedia projects in general, the Wikimedia movement contributes essential multilingual IT and knowledge infrastructure to the world.
The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
Roundtable discussion forum (+ breakout discussions)
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: A larger room that can seat approximately 50 people comfortably, with round tables around which 8-10 people can be seated each (i.e. minimum of 5-6 round tables)
- Audience: Around 50 people, most of them already a bit knowledgeable in Wikimedia Commons and/or Wikidata. Ideally a large contingent of Wikimedia Commons community members.
- Recording: It's probably not very convenient to try to record this session, as a lot of its content will consist of group conversations.