If anyone is looking for slide material for a broad introduction to
Wikidata, the deck from yesterday's New York City Wikidata workshop is
available at http://www.slideshare.net/_emw/up-and-running-with-wikidata
There were at least 15 participants (with only a week's notice beforehand),
and lots of interest in Wikidata. Wikimedia NYC is a great crowd!
- Someone with a big collection of NYC civic / community / OSM data
wanted to know how to get information into something like Wikidata. I
recommended a separate Wikibase deployment and loading it there, and
searching for existing ontologies.
- Someone wanted a way to edit Wikidata using only keyboard shortcuts.
It looks like
the best we've got in that regard. A nice-to-have: keyboard shortcuts
baked into the UI, noted via HTML title attributes that display on hover
(like the search box at upper right).
- Wikidata Game: classifying humans in native language was easy, making
claims about sex/gender was not
- "Why can't we just import all infobox data right now?" A discussion
about general vs. specific properties (e.g. "Products"), linguistics, etc.
followed. Somewhat of a microcosm of longer-running discussions on
Wikidata. Nevertheless, larger-scale creation of properties for infobox
parameters would probably be worthwhile.