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2023:Program/Open Data/EUWEX8-Add your country to the Wikidata Govdirectory

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Title: Add your country to the Wikidata Govdirectory


Jan Ainali

User:Ainali is a Wikimedian since 2006, an admin on Swedish Wikipedia, formerly the CEO of Wikimedia Sverige, one of the co-founders of Wikimedians for Sustainable Development, a Wikipedia podcaster and a Wikidata live streamer.


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Room: Room 310

Start time: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 16:10:00 +0800

End time: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 16:30:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: Open Data

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

This session will be a hands-on workshop for adding a country to WikiProject Govdirectory. We will cover what kind of general information and sources would be beneficial to document. We will also help you get started on the kind of queries useful to review if the data in Wikidata is complete and correct.

Description[edit source]

WikiProject Govdirectory is an effort to document and model all public organizations of the world, on all levels, on Wikidata. It is a very large project in the sense that the number of organizations is high, and it is a difficult project since figuring out how the public organizations in a country relate to each other usually require specific local knowledge. These challenges makes it a perfect fit for a WikiProject!

In this workshop we will show how you get started with a country. We will look at some of the existing ones to show what are some good practices in dividing the task into smaller, manageble chunks. Ther are already several different SPARQL-queries that can be used as an inspiration to see what coverage Wikidata has and how to determine when something is “done”. Finally, we will look at a few different tools for tracking changes and coverage which helps users stay on top of the progress and ensure that the quality stays high.

Participants of the workshop don’t need to be experts on Wikidata, but an average familiarity with the Wikimedia projects will be helpful.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The Govdirectory project is inherently geographical diverse due to its global nature. And as it is so big, it will not be possible to achieve without collaboration.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Average knowledge about Wikimedia projects or activities

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Tick Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand