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Atla Annual Conference 2019 Wikidata EditathonEdit

Welcome to the Atla Wikiedata editathon. This page provides a quick overview of our plans and links to related resources.


  • What? This two-part in conference workshop will teach participants how to add and edit scholarly articles and books in Wikidata, the fastest growing source of open bibliographic information. At the time of writing, Wikidata contains nearly 19 million bibliographic records. The large majority of these records are about scholarly articles in bio-medicine and the sciences. Our Wikidata edit-a-thon will help to change that! Learn how to enter articles, books, and journals into Wikidata to expand its coverage of your areas of theological interest. These session will be hands-on from the beginning. You will set up an account, identify a gap in the theological literature, and be fruitfully editing Wikidata within the first ten minutes. Please bring a laptop or other computing device.
Bubble graph of graduates of theological school ranked according to frequency
  • Where? Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center (1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9, Canada)
  • When? Thursday, June 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:50pm
  • Languages? While the primary language of instruction will be English, we would also be glad to assist in French.
  • Audience? All who are interested in using Wikidata for scholarly communications at their institutions
  • How to prepare in advance? We will publish materials in advance. In the meantime, please sign up on Sched if you plan to attend.


Here is a general outline of the activities we expect will take place during the workshop, though we will leave room for emergent ideas and questions to take us in other directions.

  • Goals and introduction of workshop leaders
  • Creating a User Accounts or let us create one for you
  • Identify a faculty member, theological institution, and journal, and journal article that do not already exist in Wikidata
  • Create items for the faculty member and theological institution, connecting them if possible
  • Create items for journal article and journal, connecting them if possible
  • Explore tools like Cradle and QuickStatements to expedite creating items
  • Use Scholia to visualize scholarly communications at your institution, improving data as you can

Creating Wikidata ItemsEdit

You first assignment is to add at least one faculty member, school, journal, and article to Wikidata. You do that by clicking on Create New Item from the side menu and then entering a label and description. Before you create a new item, please check that it does not already exist.

  • Create a new item for a faculty member at your institution, using Q87091 or Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza as a model
  • Create a new item (or improve the existing entry for your school), using Q5312759 or Duke Divinity School as a model
  • Create a new item (or improve the existing entry) for a theological journal, using Q7437800 or Scottish Journal of Theology as a model
  • Create a new item for a journal article, using Q57067459 or A pragmatic reading of Karl Barth's theological epistemology as a model

Helpful resourcesEdit

Sample SPARQL queriesEdit

SPARQL is the query language for Wikidata. Using SPARQL, you can identify complex patterns of data and visualize them in multiple ways. The query interface for Wikidata provides visual tools for writing SPARQL queries. The example queries below are meant to help you get started. You can substitute the name of the institution in the first example or the journal in the third example to customize the queries to your interests.

Cradle Tool for Creating Wikidata ItemsEdit

Cradle provides set forms for entering certain kinds of items (like authors, articles, journals, etc.) into Wikidata. If planning to create an item via Cradle, please remember to check first that it does not already exist.

QuickStatements for Batch EntryEdit

While you can certainly enter bibliographic records one-by-one into Wikidata, you will eventually want to turn to batch processing for purposes of scale. A great process for creating batch additions to Wikidata is to collected data in Zotero and to export them using the Zotero extension into triples and then to load those triples into Wikidata using the QuickStatements tool. Just double-check that you are not inadvertently creating duplicates of existing items in Wikidata.

Here is an example of a bibliographical information about James D. Bratt's **Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat** expressed in the form of QuickStatements, now already imported as Q64569389 into Wikidata.

LAST	P31	Q571
LAST	Len	"Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat"
LAST	P2093	"James D. Bratt"	P1545	"1"
LAST	P577	+2013-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
LAST	P212	"978-0-8028-6906-7"
LAST	P1476	en:"Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat"
LAST	P407	Q1860

Linking to Open Access PublicationsEdit

If there is an open access version of an article online, you can use the Wikidata property "full work available at" (Property:P953) to link from Wikidata to the full text of the article. This is a great way to forge connections between Wikidata and your institutional repository, if you have one. If you do not have an institutional, don't worry! You can also upload articles by faculty members (with their permission) to free-to-use open access repositories like Humanities Commons or Figshare and then link from Wikidata to that version online.

Scholia for Visualizing Scholarly CommunicationsEdit

Scholia is an open source tool for visualizing scholarly bibliographic data within Wikidata. Scholia provides a way to profile your institution and its scholars and also to make comparisons with other institutions and scholars. For an introduction to Scholia, see Scholia and scientometrics with Wikidata.

Next StepsEdit

If you would like to use Wikidata to foster scholarly communications at your university, here are a few next steps you should consider for support.