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Wikidata Wahldaten Workshop

Date: 30th of September 2017

Location: Wikimedia Austria Office in Vienna.



In the workshop, we will introduce to Wikidata through elections.


Timetable Agenda
14:00 - 14:25 Welcome
14:25 - 14:40 Introduction Wikidata
14:40 - 15:00 Introduction Elections and Wikidata
15:00 - 15:10 Break
15:10 - 16:35 Workshop part I
16:35 - 16:50 Break
16:50 - 17:50 Workshop part II
17:50 - 18:00 Conclusion


Stefan Kasberger and Sonja Fischbauer

  • Welcome participants from Open Knowledge Austria and Wikimedia Austria.
  • Friendly space policy
  • Short introduction round from participants

Introduction Wikidata

Tobias Schönberg

Introduction into the world of Wikidata.


Introduction Elections and Wikidata

Stefan Kasberger

Introduction into data around elections and the status quo of Wikidata in election related data. We will learn what kind of data is created around elections, how the status quo of election data in wikidata is and what we do at #OffeneWahlen AT.




Tobias Schönberg and Simeona Cruz.

Fo beginners in both, Wikidata and election data.



For beginners in Wikidata with some basic experience around elections and/or election data.

First we will do our first edit in Wikidata, as we look for informations about parties and add them. Then we will have a short look into SPARQL (the Wikidata query language) and the Wikidata API. In the second part we will discuss about problems and the possible future of wikidata around political entities.

  • Register Wikidata account
  • Add a party
    • Show status of austrian parties in wikidata (SPARQL query)
    • Show austrian party register (Spreadsheet)
    • Look if party already exists
    • Do online research about party: e. g. website, Twitter, name, short-name, creation data, color, wikipedia url,
    • Document status with sources if available
    • Talk about experiences
    • Create/update entries
    • Show status of Austrian parties in Wikidata again (SPARQL query)
  • Introduction into SPARQL (Slides)
  • Introduction to the API
  • Discussion --> Document in Etherpad
    • Which Data should be in and which sources do you know?
    • Use-Cases for Wikidata around elections: ideas?
    • Unique Identifiers: Problems, chances, paths toward it?
    • What are you interested in?
    • What should be done next / most important data?


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