Wikidata:Eighth Birthday

Birthday banner for 4th Wikidata Birthday

In 2020, Wikidata turns eight!
Wikidata went live on 29 October 2012. In late-October and early-November 2020, we organize a giant Wikidata birthday all around the world. All local communities are encouraged to organize their own events: meetups, workshops, trainings for newcomers, hackathons, conferences... By the end of October 2020, bring your local community, engage newcomers and celebrate the eighth birthday! Pictures, presents and information will be shared on social media with the hashtag #WikidataBirthday.
Events to come
If you're planning an event, feel free to add it here. You can create a subpage of Wikidata:Eighth Birthday/Events.

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Ideas of events
The main goals of the Wikidata Birthday 2020 are:
  • share knowledge among your local community: encourage people to share what they know about Wikidata and its related tools, what people who went at the WikidataCon 2019 learnt from it, etc.
  • onboard new people: introduce new people to Wikidata!
  • celebrate the achievements of volunteers with your local community

Examples of events (note: many of these examples can be adapted with an online format):

  • Livestream: editing Wikidata & demoing tools
  • Livestream: SPARQL introduction
  • Meetup in your town with your local community (if your local safety rules allow it)
  • An introduction to Wikidata for beginners
  • Hackathon to reuse data from Wikidata
  • Translathon to improve the labels of Wikidata in your language
  • Kick-off a Wikidata section in your user group
  • Give an introduction to Wikidata to a local partner (university, library...)
  • Wikibase install-party
You can also look at events organized for the previous birthdays for inspiration: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Update from May 14th, 2020:

A lot of things changed over the past weeks due to the global COVID-19 crisis: lockdown in some countries, social distancing rules, plenty of events have been cancelled, all grants for onsite events in the Wikimedia movement have been cancelled as well. Overall, we're now evolving in a lot of uncertainty: what will be the status of the crisis in the upcoming months? What projects can we maintain, which ones should be cancelled? Are we going to be able to organize events, even small meetups? Should we switch everything remote?

Despite all of this uncertainty, we still want to celebrate Wikidata's 8th birthday and the amazing work of its community. The plans we had for October 2020 will be adapted, and we will seize this opportunity to experiment on new formats. We are really committed on creating a great remote event with you all! Of course, this is a collaborative creation process, and all suggestions are welcome on the talk page.

Here's a summary of what these changes mean for the local organizers and for the support they can get from the Wikimedia movement:

Your event
If you were planning to organize an event for the birthday, we encourage you to revisit the format and to adapt it to be flexible. In some parts of the world, physical events may be allowed in October 2020, but in most places, it is likely that only online events will be possible. Please follow your local safety rules and don't put anyone at risk: your own health and the health of your community members and close ones is the most important thing.
Support and funding
A lot of grant and funding programs have been cancelled or postponed this year. All programs of the Wikimedia Foundation related to physical events have been delayed 1. However, the Rapid Grants program is still running and supporting online events. You can have a look at their updated guidelines and feel free to contact them if you have questions.
Swag, goodies, merch
At this stage, it is still unclear if Wikimedia Deutschland will be able to provide Wikidata and birthday-related swag for events. We are pondering the value of providing physical objects if most of the events don't include physical gatherings. We are also, more than ever, careful about our impact of the global climate crisis and we don't want to produce and send a lot of objects around the world that are not absolutely necessary. In any case, we will design a visual identity for the 8th birthday (logo, banner), that you will be able to use on all supports, and if you want swag for your participants, we will encourage you to produce it locally.
As mentioned above, we are rethinking and adapting the project, but one thing doesn't change: we want to create a nice online gathering to celebrate the work of the Wikidata community. The fact that most of the events may be turned remote is actually exciting: this means that more people will be able to join your remote events, people from different countries will be able to participate in events and discover more about what the other groups are doing! The exact format of the event is still a work in progress, but there will definitely be some kind of calendar where you will be able to see all the events and learn how to participate. The coordination is still ensured by Léa Lacroix whithin the Community Communications team at Wikimedia Germany.
Next steps
We will keep you informed on this page about the next steps of the event. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to ask them on the talk page or contact Léa Lacroix by email. You can also join the Telegram group to discuss with other organizers.
Some content that can help you
In this section will be added the presents that people prepare for the 8th birthday.
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