Wikidata Days will be the first regional Wikidata conference to take place in Portugal. We are focused on making connections between Wikimedians and Librarians, Archivists, Curators and Data enthusiasts. In this event, we hope that everyone can in its own scale leave with a sense they can all contribute to open knowledge. We want to showcase how Wikidata can be used, either by large institutions with a lot of resources, or small low budget institutions. There will be a strong emphasis on capacity building with Workshops taking place in all days of the event, from beginner to more experienced users. For those already working with Wikidata this will be an opportunity to contact Wikimedia experts. This is also a great opportunity to strengthen collaboration on a regional level.
This event has roots in the GLAM Days at the National Library of Portugal in 2017, followed by the first edition of Wikidata Days in 2019 at Nova School of Business and Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, organized by Teresa e Alexandre Soares dos Santos Library in collaboration with Wikimedia Portugal.
The vision of this event is: share, collaborate, transform: shaping data in a changing world. The GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) and the Research sector are valuable partners that help realize Wikimedia’s mission to “empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.”
Wikidata is a free open multilingual and collaboratively edited knowledge base that works as a repository of structured and linked data. Since its inception in 2012, it has become increasingly more relevant in the fields of GLAM and Research. Many institutions and individuals are already using Wikidata as an open data infrastructure for their projects, for example, to increase the visibility of their collections or to disseminate scholarly information. We want to create an opportunity for people to share their experiences, expertise, best-practices and stimulate collaboration and partnerships between the Wikimedia Movement and other actors, in particular with the Academia, GLAMs and other communities.