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Library Carpentry Wikidata

This Library Carpentry lesson introduces librarians to Wikidata. At the conclusion of the lesson you will: know what the Wikidata interface looks like; know how Wikidata is linked to other Wiki projects; know the underlying concepts of Wikidata; create and develop Wikidata items yourself; add references to Wikidata; create a search query in Wikidata using the query language SPARQL; understand how to perform a mass import into Wikidata.

Under Design

This lesson is currently in its early design stage; please check the repository issues and pull requests to see what we have so far. Contributions are very welcome


  1. Learners need a proper internet connection.

  2. There is no need for pre installations.


Setup Download files required for the lesson
00:00 1. What is Wikidata? What are Items and Statements?
How does the Wikidata interface look like?
How is Wikidata linked to other Wiki projects?
00:30 2. Underlying concepts of Wikidata What is a RDF triple?
What are the underlying components of RDF?
00:30 3. Introduction to editing How to create and edit a Wikidata item?
00:30 4. Advanced editing How to automatically add statements with sourcemd and quickstatements?
00:30 5. Introduction to querying What is SPARQL?
How to use SPARQL to query Wikidata?
How to use Wikidata querying tools?
00:30 6. Advanced bulk updating, bots How do you bulk upload to Wikidata?
00:30 Finish

The actual schedule may vary slightly depending on the topics and exercises chosen by the instructor.