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: Wikidata and your application: Make your software part of the Free Knowledge ecosystem

Wikidata and your application: Make your software part of the Free Knowledge ecosystem


Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. Wikidata acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia projects including Wikipedia. Dates, locations, numbers, and many more are freely available in Wikidata to enrich Free and Open Source Software. This talk presents ways to access Wikidata for Free Software applications in order to use Free Knowledge about the world in your own programs. The talk invites you learn how to build software that is powered by the same knowledge base that is available for Wikipedia and other Free Knowledge projects.

We will look into the structure of Wikidata (items, properties) and how you can query it with the API and through the Wikidata Query Service with SPARQL. You’ll learn about the community behind Wikidata and a bit about the legal and license questions around the repository of structured data for Free Knowledge. While Wikidata is used in Wikimedia projects today, we want to emphasize its value for applications outside the Wikiverse. Do you want to display information on notable sights or buildings around? Do you want to build a timeline of events? Wikidata can be your source of machine-readable data for the sum of all human knowledge. With Wikdata Free Software applications can finally access the kind of knowledge base that underlies so many of the groundbreaking apps out there today – from Siri to Chef Watson – in order to build real alternatives to a closed source world. Tap into a rich source for data and build smarter applications that make use of the commons.


Day: 2016-09-04
Start time: 14:15
Duration: 00:30
Track: Beyond Code




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