Everything you always wanted to know about WIKIDATA in nine workshops

To help build “A Linked Digital Future for the Performing Arts”, CAPACOA and the Conseil Québécois du Théâtre (CQT) invite you to participate in a joint effort to link up the performing arts to Wikidata, an open and collaborative international knowledge base.

CAPACOA and CQT have devised a series of nine Zoom workshops to help you understand and take advantage of the benefits of Wikidata (find out more in this post).

The workshops will be held in English on every third Thursday and in French on every second Wednesday of the month from July 2020 to March 2021.

Intended for beginners and experts alike, these workshops will allow you to acquire the skills needed to populate, edit and enrich Wikidata efficiently.

These nine workshops present an evolution in the handling of Wikidata by coaching you to the practice. The series is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1: Acquisition of the basics in a mode combining theory and examples (workshops 1 to 4).
  • Part 2: Exercices and guided practice on the theme of individuals, organizations, places and works related to the performing arts to enable you to enrich Wikidata with your own data (workshops 5 to 9).

Learn with Wikidata gurus

The practical Wikidata workshops are led by Simon Villeneuve and Miguel Tremblay, experts in the Wikimedia universe.

Simon has about ten years of experience as a trainer for the different wikis hosted by the Wikimedia foundation (Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wiki Commons but also Wikisources and Wikinews). Simon, who contributed 10% of the French content on Wikipedia, is recognized as the fourth largest contributor in the world on Wikidata! He is also a physics and astronomy teacher at Cégep de Chicoutimi since 2005.

LEARN MORE: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilisateur:Simon_Villeneuve

Miguel has been contributing to the Wikimedia universe since 2003 under the pseudonym Dirac. With more than 9000 contributions to Wikipedia, 150 contributions to Wiki Commons, he is on Wikidata the founder and animator of the Wikiproject on weather observations. As a committed popularizer, Miguel contributes strongly to documenting the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec on Wikipedia. He is also a physicist and works at the Canadian Meteorological Centre, notably on open data.

LEARN MORE: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilisateur:Dirac

The Wikidata theory workshops are led by Antoine Beaubien, computer developer and Wikidata expert.

Antoine has been programming computers since 1985 and building websites since 1995. In 2017 & 2018, he served as director of Wikimedia Canada in charge of information technology, volunteer management and project management. He was awarded a certificate in cyber security from the École Polytechnique de Montréal in 2020.

LEARN MORE: https://ca.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Antoine2711

Workshop schedule and documentation

WorkshopsIn EnglishIn French
One: Introduction to WikidataVideos + slidesVidéos + présentation
Two: Contribute to Wikidata Videos + slidesVidéos + présentation
Three: Introduction to the Wikidata Query ServiceVideos + slidesVidéos + présentation
Four: Wikidata and Wiki CommonsVideos + slidesVidéos + présentation
Five: Edit a person in WikidataNovember 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
November 11, 2020 at 19h00 (EDT)
Six: Edit a business in WikidataDecember 10, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
December 9, 2020 at 19h00 (EDT)
Seven: Edit a building and a place in WikidataJanuary 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
January 13, 2021 at 19h00 (EDT)
Eight: Edit an artistic production in WikidataFebruary 11, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
February 10, 2021 at 19h00 (EDT)
Nine: Extract data from WikidataMarch 11, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
March 10, 2021 at 19h00 (EDT)


If I sign up for this, do I have to attend all of the workshops?
A new invitation is sent before each workshop. You can register for the workshops of your choice or for all nine workshops. To get the most from the workshop series, we strongly recommend that you attend all of them.

Is the first session more of an introductory session, allowing people to see if it suits them and who in their team should take the training?
The first three workshops will cover general and specific aspects of Wikidata. The last six will deal specifically with the performing arts.

Is this hands-on training? If I attend all the workshops, will I gain the skills needed to create and use Wikidata?
Yes, the workshops will examine the concepts, theory and structure of Wikidata and guide you through the practical aspects of creating, managing and using Wikidata. The goal of this series of workshops is to empower people so that they can enrich Wikidata at their own pace.

The first workshop is on July 9th. Will it be offered again later?
The nine workshops will take place from July 2020 to March 2021. The English workshops will be on every third Thursday of the month. The French workshops will be on every second Wednesday. Please refer to the schedule for the exact dates.

Do I need a Wikidata user ID to participate in the workshops?
While it is preferable to have a Wikidata ID before the workshops, it is not mandatory.

Additional resources

In addition to this workshop series, you may also want to check the WikiProject Performing arts. This is both an authoritative guide on all matters related to performing arts and Wikidata, and a collaborative space for enhancing the presence of the performing arts in Wikidata.

More Wikidata resources are recommended in the Resources area of this website.

Contact us

For questions regarding workshop content or about this project, you may contact: wikidata@capacoa.ca


This workshop series is part of a larger project aiming to model and populate performing arts data in Wikidata. This project is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Government of Québec, as part of the Plan culturel numérique du Québec.