We’re really happy to announce the second edition of the Coolest Tool Award
Tools play an essential role at Wikimedia, and so do the many volunteer
developers who experiment with new ideas, develop & maintain local & global
solutions and enhance the experience for Wikimedia communities.
There are incredible many great tools out there. It’s time to celebrate
this & to make the great work volunteer developers do more visible to
The Coolest Tool Award ceremony will take place virtually this year, given
the current circumstances around events and travel. We will provide more
details soon about the specific logistics and dates.
The award is organized & selected by the *Coolest Tool Academy 2020*
We plan to recognize the greatest tools in a variety of categories, for
examples you can look at last year’s categories
As no one can possibly know all the cool tools out there, we’re looking for
some help & inspiration: Please point us to the tools that you think are
great - out of any reason you can think of!
Please use this form:
to recommend tools *by October 14, 2020*. You can nominate as many tools as
you want by filling out the form multiple times.
This survey will be conducted via a third-party service, which may subject
it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling,
see the survey privacy statement:
Thank you very much for your ideas & recommendation(s)!
We will continue to spread the word over the next 1-2 days, but if you get
the chance, please feel welcome to share this information with others too!
Joaquin, for the Coolest Tool Academy 2020
Joaquin Oltra Hernandez
Developer Advocate - Wikimedia Foundation
I'm very pleased to announce a project that Sahaj Khandelwal (cc'ed) and I
have been working on for the last two months ago: Wikidata Walkabout, a new
site that lets you browse and drill down through different "classes" of
data on Wikidata. You can find it here:
It's certainly not the only navigation interface for Wikidata, but what
makes Wikidata Walkabout unique, I think, is its simplicity: you don't need
to know any Q or P values (these are mostly hidden from the interface), or
really anything about Wikidata's structure; you just need to click on
different values to find whatever interests you.
Wikidata Walkabout runs on an open-source application, Anvesha, which was
created by me and Sahaj (mostly Sahaj). You can see the current code here:
And you can read more about the site and the thinking behind it here:
There are various improvements that could be made - the biggest probably
being that the site and application are currently both hardcoded in English
- but hopefully this is already a useful tool, for researchers or the
We look forward to any feedback.
On behalf of the IFLA Wikidata Working Group<https://www.ifla.org/node/92837> I’m very pleased to announce the release of a series of videos (with translations into French, Spanish, Portuguese, and with Chinese and Arabic to be added shortly.)
Big thanks to all our presenters: Jason Evans, Simon Cobb, Barbara Fischer, Sarah Hartmann, Nicolas Vigneron, Ahava Cohen, Megan Wacha, and Karim Tharani.
And thank you to the Wikicite project for supporting our shift from the planned in-person meeting at the IFLA conference in Dublin in August 2020 to this online format.
Stacy Allison-Cassin, Associate Librarian
Department of Student Learning and Academic Success
Our Wikicite Discussion Series - generously supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and the IFLA Wikidata Working Group - is now online!
Across six sessions, we explore language revitalisation, knowledge equity, open access to scholarly publications, linking and visualising bibliographic data, the global wiki community, and much more!
Link to Youtube playlist: bit.ly/3kCOhVV<https://bit.ly/3kCOhVV>
Are you curious about how you can use Wikibase and Wikidata to support work related to cataloguing, scholarly communication, knowledge equity, and languages?
Come along to the:
Wikidata Working Group Launch
8th October, 2020
16:00 – 17:30 (CEST)
Is anyone aware of a list of academic articles that use Wikidata? I'm
particularly interested in the subset of articles that describe the use of
the Wikidata knowledge graph for scientific discovery (as opposed to
sociological studies of the Wikidata community, for example).
This PubMed search https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=wikidata seems
like a reasonable starting point, but I doubt it's comprehensive within the
biomedical field and does not include other disciplines at all...
Pointers welcome and appreciated...