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Humanist Archives: Nov. 4, 2022, 6:44 a.m. Humanist 36.232 - Wikidata and Digital Humanities?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 232.
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        Date: 2022-11-03 13:27:39+00:00
        From: Neven Jovanović <>
        Subject: Wikidata and Digital Humanities?

Dear colleagues,

I am looking for humanist interpretations of Wikidata (as platform, as
knowledge base). What I have found and thought most useful until now
is cited at the end.

It is my impression (shared by [2] and [1], perhaps by [4] as well)
that DH is not yet engaged in thinking about Wikidata. The discipline
uses it as a content provider -- Willard would say, a knowledge
jukebox -- but does not discuss what we do when we publish in Wikidata
or when we query it. Also, the DH community and Wikidata / Wikimedia
community seem to be two worlds not much talking to each other.

Opinions about these impressions, and pointers to further reading, are welcome!



Neven Jovanovic

[Collected items:]

[1] Cantallops, Marçal Mora ; Sánchez-Alonso, Salvador ; Barriocanal,
Elena García: A systematic literature review on Wikidata. In: Data
Technol. Appl., 53 (2019), S. 250-268
[2] Cook, Stacey: The uses of Wikidata for galleries, libraries,
archives and museums and its place in the digital humanities. In:
Comma, 2017 (2019), Nr. 2, S. 117--124
[3] Thornton, Katherine ; Cochrane, Euan ; Ledoux, Thomas ; Caron,
Bertrand ; Wilson, Carl: Modeling the Domain of Digital Preservation
in Wikidata.. In: iPRES, 2017
[4] Zhao, Fudie: How to Critically Utilise Wikidata – A Systematic
Review of Wikidata in DH Projects. In: Digital Humanities 2022 :
Conference Abstracts : The University of Tokyo, Japan 25-29 July 2022.
Tokyo : DH2022 Local Organizing Committee, 2022, S. 608-610

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