The Wikibase track of WikidataCon 2021 is starting, with a packed schedule over the course of the day:
This includes this month's user group meeting, at 16:30 UTC:
If you missed it, the first day of the conference is available to stream on YouTube:
Clickable timecodes have been added to the description to get you to the session you're interested in.
Links to notes for sessions on Day 2 are available via the schedule details when you select a session - recordings for most sessions should be made available after the event.
If you haven't signed up for the event, you can still do so:
You'll need to do so to access the live stream and chat, as well as the social room for one-to-one and group videoconferencing - an access link is provided in your sign-up email. All Wikibase track sessions are in Room 1 of Venueless.
Hope to see you at WikidataCon!
Laurence "GreenReaper" Parry
In 2019 we published strategy papers for Wikidata and the Wikibase
They have been very helpful for us to clarify where we see Wikidata
and the Wikibase Ecosystem going and have conversations about it with
editors, other chapters and user groups, outside organisations and
within our team.
Two years have passed since then and a lot has happened. Over the past
months we have therefore sat down again and taken the time to really
consider where we are and where we want to go based on everything we
have learned from conversations we have had with many of you, research
we have done and how we and the world have changed since the first
strategy papers were published. Today we are publishing the result of
all of that work and are inviting your feedback.
You can find the new strategies at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/LinkedOpenData/Strategy2021 and we
would love to hear your feedback and thoughts on the talk page at
Sam, Lea, Manuel, Lydia for the development team
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
Sorry to be spamming this list with more job postings, but we have a new
job opportunity at the Open Science Lab in TIB Hannover and it might be
relevant to people on this list (or your extended network).
Full details here:
*Unofficially, remote work is also OK. Any questions feel free to email me
There will also be a presentation at WikidataCon
<https://pretalx.com/wdcon21/talk/XXSPCR/> on Sunday regarding the work
going on at TIB, so feel free to stop by and check out the session for
details. *(Note: final WDCon schedule will be released very soon and will
be shared in this mailing list)*
Lozana Rossenova (PhD, London South Bank University)
Digital Archives Designer and Researcher
Twelve days before the start of WikidataCon 2021, the Wikibase track on Sunday October 31 is shaping up; with fourteen sessions on the schedule already, including introduction to new community-developed extensions - some to be in Wikibase's Fall 2021 release - several examples of third-party implementations, and an introduction to WMDE's Wikikbase.Cloud initiative: https://pretalx.com/wdcon21/schedule/#2021-10-31
Don't miss the other days, though: on Friday and Saturday there's presentations on new features in Wikibase and panels on query service scaling, tutorials on OpenRefine, and discussion of features such as Wikidata Bridge which might be adapted by third-party deployments. Learn more and sign up to attend at https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikidataCon_2021
We're still looking for proposals to fill a few lightning talk sessions or a short presentation slot - so if you have a topic you want to share or talk about, please get in touch - or submit directly via https://pretalx.com/wdcon21/submit/GAqG7O/info/
With four days left to submit new proposals and limited space, the sooner you submit, the better! We particularly hope to hear from those who may not have presented at WDC before; on inspiring uses of Wikibase, or tools and techniques you find useful.
September 30 also saw the most recent meeting of the Wikibase Community User Group:
Topics included updated tooling for backups in WBStack (and in general, third-party Wikibases), OpenRefine workflow for structured data on Commons (SDC), and holding our October meeting at WikidataCon itself.
This has now been tentatively scheduled for an hour-long slot at 17:00 UTC October 31 - be sure to check beforehand, as it's subject to change. We'll be discussing the day's sessions, and - if there's time - reflecting on what's happened over the past year, and what we might be able to do in the future. It'll also be an opportunity to introduce the group to a wider community.
The need for a second official contact to WMF was also discussed. I proposed Lozana Rossenova (Loz.Ross) act as a functionary for that role and as an administrator of this mailing list, since only one contact was elected. As many of you will be aware, she has been very active here and on Telegram, not to mention organization of the WDC track; I believe she'll fulfil this role well.
Having heard no objections to this, two weeks after proposing it the meeting and on Telegram, and with an urgent need to resolve the situation to maintain our affiliate status, we intend to move forwards. There should be an opportunity for further elections next year in combination with those for affiliate WMF board members, if there's any desire for change later on.
With a new release, features and services, it's an exciting time for Wikibase. I hope to see as many of you as possible at WikidataCon, where there should be ample opportunity to discuss the community's plans, needs and hopes for the future.
Laurence "GreenReaper" Parry
greenreaper.co.uk - wikifur.com