A unique interactive event to enrich Wikidata of our cultural places!

Cultural Venues Datathon, from April 25 to May 2, 2022


Produced by LaCogency, CAPACOA and with the support of many partners, the Cultural Venues (Wiki)Datathon brought together passionate volunteers who worked in a relaxed and informal session to populate Wikidata with information about the cultural places we know and love.

Cultural venues are an important part of the performing arts ecosystem in Canada

Theatres, concert halls, black boxes, music venues: these buildings located across Canada provide the best possible settings for audiences to experience the outstanding performances our artists can deliver. 

However, there is still no comprehensive open database of performing arts buildings. This makes it difficult for these venues and the productions they present to be found online by audiences.

The Cultural Venues Datathon was offered in French and English, with four separate sessions for each language. The French datathon program is below.

No previous experience with Wikidata was required. At each session, experienced wikidatians guided participants on how to populate cultural venue information into Wikidata. This (Wiki)Datathon was intended to be a unifying activity that supports the overall goals of the Wikiproject Cultural venues.

DATATHON RESULTS

Datathon documentation and resources

All documentation, including the “toolbox”, is available on the Datathon Wikipage.

Participants

FRANCOPHONES (Canada, Switzerland, Algeria)

Out of 26 registered, 17 participants over the 3 sessions.

ANGLOPHONES (Canada, Switzerland)

Out of 49 registered, 38 participants over the 3 sessions.

THE DATATHON PRODUCTION FROM APRIL 25 TO MAY 2, 2022

Activities including actions in Wikidata, Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.

Specific activities that took place in Wikidata only.

The 58 participating editors made over 15,000 changes in 5 days of activity, including an impressive number of description additions and enrichments or clarifications.

CANADIAN CULTURAL VENUES IN WIKIDATA

Here is the dynamic list of cultural venues in Canada with geolocation coordinates

(The request runs live so please wait for the short delay)

Click on the link to access the item in Wikidata.

Here is the dynamic list of cultural venues in Canada without geolocation coordinates

(The request runs live so please wait for the short delay)

Click on the link to access the item in Wikidata.

PROGRAM OF THE DATATHON

Here is the schedule of sessions in English.

April 25 April 26April 28May 2
3:00-4:30 p.m. (EDT) / 7:00-8:30 p.m. UTC12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EDT) / 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (UTC)12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EDT) / 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (UTC)3:00-3:30 p.m. (EDT) / 7:00-7:30 p.m. UTC
Official opening of the Datathon.
– Presentation of collective objectives
First round of practice:
– Create a venue item and optimize it for discovery (including a focus on geographic metadata and identifiers)
– Check-in and guided editing
TOPIC:
– How to model building with several performance spaces
– Check-in and guided editing
TOPIC:
– How to add a photo of a cultural venue
– Presentation of the collective result of the datathon.
– Closing of the datathon

Supplementary Cultural Venues Datathon activities

Acknowledgements

The Cultural Venues Datathon would not be possible without the support of many partners including:

 

Source : Photo by ASIA CULTURECENTER on Unsplash