Wikidata:WikidataCon 2017/Submissions/Using Wikidata to make research data FAIR

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Submission no. 69
Title of the submission

Using Wikidata as FAIR data point and as the means to make research data FAIR

Author(s) of the submission

Daniel Mietchen, Andra Waagmeester,

E-mail address, andra at

Country of origin
Germany, Belgium
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Data Science Institute, University of Virginia/ Gene Wiki, Micelio

Type of session

Lightning talk

Length of session
  • 10min
Ideal number of attendees



The FAIR Data Principles (Q29032644) are a set of principles for good research data management, centred around the idea of making research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (i.e. FAIR). In this session, we will explore how Wikidata can help with that, zooming in on each of the four aspects and highlighting existing and potential activities in this space.

What will attendees take away from this session?
  • A better understanding of the role that Wikidata can play in the context of research data management, as well as perhaps some questions to think about in the context of their own research data-related activities.
Slides or further information
  • The FAIR Data Principles (Q29032644) View with Reasonator View with SQID
    • form the basis for deciding whether some data are FAIR data (Q29032648) View with Reasonator View with SQID , which is gaining increasing attention from science policy (Q904708)
    • have four components (symbolized by the four letters), which can be summarized as follows:
      • To be Findable:
        • F1. (meta)data are assigned a globally unique and persistent identifier
        • F2. data are described with rich metadata (defined by R1 below)
        • F3. metadata clearly and explicitly include the identifier of the data it describes
        • F4. (meta)data are registered or indexed in a searchable resource
      • To be Accessible:
        • A1. (meta)data are retrievable by their identifier using a standardized communications protocol
          • A1.1 the protocol is open, free, and universally implementable
          • A1.2 the protocol allows for an authentication and authorization procedure, where necessary
        • A2. metadata are accessible, even when the data are no longer available
      • To be Interoperable:
        • I1. (meta)data use a formal, accessible, shared, and broadly applicable language for knowledge representation.
        • I2. (meta)data use vocabularies that follow FAIR principles
        • I3. (meta)data include qualified references to other (meta)data
      • To be Reusable:
        • R1. meta(data) are richly described with a plurality of accurate and relevant attributes
        • R1.1. (meta)data are released with a clear and accessible data usage license
        • R1.2. (meta)data are associated with detailed provenance
        • R1.3. (meta)data meet domain-relevant community standards
    • have been published in The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship (Q27942822) View with Reasonator View with SQID .
  • Most research data fails in several of these criteria, and sometimes massively so.
  • Wikidata largely fulfills these criteria, which may help generate interest in Wikidata from researchers and others working with research-related data and metadata.
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