Hi all,

On Saturday, I facilitated a workshop at the U.S. National Archives entitled "An Ambitious Wikidata Tutorial" as part of WikiConference USA 2015. 

Slides are available at:

The demo of Wikidata's new SPARQL endpoint at https://query.wikidata.org/ was the most exciting part of the workshop for me, and caught the audience's attention too [1].  Stas Malyshev et al., thank you for developing Wikidata Query Service -- it's an incredibly awesome tool! 

I've added the query we used to the list of examples at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikibase/Indexing/SPARQL_Query_Examples#Politicians_who_died_of_cancer_.28of_any_type.29.

We also:

I'd estimate we had 30 to 40 attendees. 

Later the same day, Katie (Aude) presented on integrating Wikidata into Wikipedia through Lua.  Elvira (Emitraka) also presented on how the Gene Wiki project has been enhancing Wikidata with items about genes, items about diseases, and their causal connection -- and how the Gene Wiki group is working to make corresponding infoboxes on Wikipedia more relevant to the layperson.  Both talks were well-attended and excellent.


1.  SPARQL on Wikidata.  Slides 39 - 43.  http://www.slideshare.net/_Emw/an-ambitious-wikidata-tutorial#39

2.  Barbara McClintock live edit.  Slide 18. http://www.slideshare.net/_Emw/an-ambitious-wikidata-tutorial#18

3.  Histropedia.  Slide 22. http://www.slideshare.net/_Emw/an-ambitious-wikidata-tutorial#22

4.  Avoiding bad smells in classification.  Slide 35.  http://www.slideshare.net/_Emw/an-ambitious-wikidata-tutorial#35

5.  How to explore Wikidata RDF/OWL dumps locally.  Slides 44 - 48.  http://www.slideshare.net/_Emw/an-ambitious-wikidata-tutorial#44

6.  Causation on Wikidata.  Slides 49 - 51.  http://www.slideshare.net/_Emw/an-ambitious-wikidata-tutorial#50