Wikidata:Events/Wikidata Zurich Training2019


  • What? Wikidata technical training to learn how to query Wikidata with SPARQL, how to implement tools for Wikidata, how to invoke the API to code your own app, how to code a bot, how to import and link data, how to analyse Wikidata dumps, how to set up your own Wikibase, and possibly how to work effectively with MediaWiki extensions. It is an extended version of the Wikidata Zurich workshop (2017) and the Wikidata Zurich Datathon (2018). We will have hands-on sessions and we will give attendees the chance to practice what they learn with live coding and Q&A.
  • Where? University of Zurich. UZH Main Building in the center. Address: Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich. Rooms KO2 F-150, KO2 F-151, KO2 F-152 (
  • When? Saturday November 2nd, Sunday November 3rd. On Friday November 1st we will have an informal community gathering in the evening for whoever is around and would like to join. Please write an email to ilario.valdelli in case you would like to join before Thursday 31.10.2019
  • Languages? English will be used for the presentations. We are also happy to discuss in German and/or Spanish.
  • Audience? Anyone willing to learn all the details about Wikidata. Some programming and database knowledge will certainly be helpful.
  • How to prepare in advance? We will publish materials in advance. In the meantime, please check Wikidata's documentation here.
  • Free registration Please register via EventBrite here.
  • Accommodation Wikimedia CH has made reservations and will cover hotel fees for those needing accommodation in Zürich on Friday 1st or/and on Saturday 2d, please write to ilario.valdelli or to flor.mechain
  • Food food and drinks are provided in the event.
  • Childcare If you will be employing a babysitter in order to be able to attend, Wikimedia CH can help cover the costs, please write to flor.mechain for details.


Saturday November 2nd
Time Main Track Parallel Track
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 9:45 Introduction to Wikidata & Demo Editing
9:55 - 11:55 Querying Wikidata with SPARQL Q&A Editing
12:00 - 12:55 Lunch
13:00 - 13:15 Lightning talks by the City and the Kanton of Zurich
13:20 - 14:55 Lexemes, ShEX, Media Wiki API for Wikidata Q&A Querying Wikidata with SPARQL
15:00 - 15:25 Coffee
15:30 - 16:25 Free testing / coding / querying Q&A Lexemes, ShEX and API
16:30 - 16:55 R & Linked Data
17:00 - 17:30 Wikipedia & Wikidata
17:35 - 18:30 Linking & Importing to Wikidata
19:00 Social time

Sunday November 3rd
Time Main Track Parallel Track
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome back
9:15 - 9:55 Existing Tools & Bots GLAM tools
10:00 - 11:55 Programming your own tool Mass Uploading for GLAM
12:00 - 12:55 Lunch
13:00 - 14:55 Programming your own bot OpenStreetMap
15:00 - 15:25 Coffee
15:30 - 16:00 Closing


  • Cristina Sarasua (University of Zurich)
  • Lucas Werkmeister (Wikimedia Germany)
  • Stefan Oderbolz (Stadt Zürich)
  • Dhivyabharathi Ramasamy (University of Zurich)
  • Katharina Kaelin (Kanton Zürich)
  • Paweł Marynowski (Wikimedia Polska)
  • Diego Monti (Synapta)

Interesting informationEdit

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Joining Wikipedia/WikidataEdit


Tools and bots DirectoriesEdit

Example Tools & BotsEdit

Building a toolEdit

Building a botEdit