Webinar Wikidata and Cultural Héritage Collections

14.00–16.00 BST Friday 19 June 2020
(BST = GMT+1 hour)

The Science Museum is hosting a free, public webinar on Wikidata and cultural heritage collections. The webinar will draw together a set of short case studies from practitioners who have worked in this field to present their work and the opportunities and challenges as they see them.

Speakers include:

  • Emma Carroll, Interactive witchcraft map.  The wicked wikidata tale of how the 3141 accused witches were placed on the map for the first time.
  • Jason Evans, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales. The National Library of Wales has been using Wikidata to explore the benefits of linked open data, from improving access, to data enrichment and round tripping.
  • Navino Evans, Histropedia. Linking UNESCO heritage data with Wikidata so it can be visualised, connected with other data about the world, and provide direct access to all available Wikimedia content.
  • Shani Evenstein Sigalov, Wikidata as a learning platform.  When GLAM & Education Collide: Exploring the educational potential of Cultural Heritage in Wikidata .
  • James Morley, A Street Near You.  A Street Near You started as an idea simply to explore and demonstrate the potential of combining and enhancing large datasets focused on the First World War, but ended up seeing nearly a quarter of a million people visit it within the first three days after it launched and continues to develop and attract new audiences.
  • Harrison Pim, Wellcome Collection, London. Wellcome Collection is starting to enrich its data pipelines with Wikidata, LCSH, MeSH, etc, and using an underlying graph of connected works, people, and concepts to improve search and discovery.
  • Martin Poulter, Wikimedia consultant.  Using Wikidata to create and visualise pathways that join up collections within Oxford and beyond.
  • Jane Winters, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Jane will be discussing some preliminary findings from a literature review exploring the use of Linked Open Data by museums, undertaken as part of the Heritage Connector project.

This is the first in a series of convenings as part of the Heritage Connector project, for more information on the project please see: www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/project/heritage-connector

Heritage Connector is a collaborative research project between the Science Museum Group, the V&A and the School of Advanced Study, University of London. It is funded through the AHRC’s Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World programme.

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