Wikidata for engaging your students and the wider public by visualising research

On Tuesday 21st February at #OxEngage join the Bodleian’s Wikimedian In Residence to learn about one of the research projects in the University that has used new kinds of query and interactive visualisation using Wikidata, book now.

Wikidata enables you at the click of a mouse (almost), to create interactive – maps, -timelines, -statistical visualisations in abstract space, and other tools to make engaging educational resources. E.g. a map of art museums around the world, or a map of birthplaces of economists.

Wikidata is the latest project from the people who brought you Wikipedia. Wikidata already holds billions of statements across every imaginable subject. These data are free for use by anyone. You can also contribute your research data to Wikidata – this is a low-cost way to get incoming links from sites such as Wikipedia, and to enable new kinds of query and interactive visualisation. Hear from one of the research projects in the University that has already taken this opportunity, the Timeline of the works of Voltaire:

Timeline of the works of Voltaire by Histropedia from Wikidata

This workshop assumes no prior knowledge about wikis.

6th Week

Tuesday 21st February

Wikidata for engaging your students and the wider public by visualising research
14.00-17.00 | Workshop: Martin Poulter (Wikimedian In Residence) | Objectives: Understand the scope and purpose of Wikidata; Understand how knowledge is represented in Wikidata; Understand how Wikidata drives graphs and visualisations, including in Wikipedia; Understand the basics of creating a query in the Wikidata Query Service | Pre-requisites: Before attending please create an account on Wikipedia | Where next?: There will be a follow up event in Trinity Term, and pointers for further learning will be shared at the event | Booking link

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Many of these #OxEngage sessions showcase work done by the University’s IT Innovation Challenges and surface stories relating to the University’s Digital Education Strategy.

The full #OxEngage programme: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/engage/oxengage/2017-2/. Watch this space along with the Engage Facebook page and follow #OxEngage to hear all the latest updates.

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