Day 1: Wikimania Fringe: Open Data Weekend
Saturday 5 July, 10:00 AM 2014 to 11:45 PM 2014
Frobisher Room 1, London , , EC2Y 8DS (View Map)

Date and time: 5th  - 6th July 2014, 10.00am-5pm on both days

Calling technologists, data scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, librarians, and anyone else interested in open data: You're invited to the Wikimania Open Data Weekend.

This isn't your traditional hackathon; no coding skills are necessary! Instead, bring your best ideas about how to work with open data. Whether you're a newbie or an experienced user, if you're interested in open data, you're invited to attend.

The weekend will include:

  • A general discussion on open data and the philosophy and the Semantic Web technologies, illustrating how this can be useful to publish and use data on the web. We will talk about current open knowledge databases such as Freebase, DBPedia and of course Wikidata.
  • Discussion about how open data, specifically Wikidata, is helping the Wikimedia movement as a whole covering its current integration with sister projects such as Wikipedia and Wikisource as well as future integration with these as well as Wikimedia Commons. A big part of this is getting to know the Wikidata project, how to edit, community processes, other ways of getting involved, whats happening on a day to day basis and what is coming soon!
  • The data source is not the only thing helping the movement but also the tools and applications that run and depend on the data stored within. We will take a look at some of the tools that already exist, amazing visualizations and applications.

Of course once you have a general overview of the open data world ideas will come flooding in for tools and applications that could be created and used on a daily basis as well as what might be missing in these Open Databases. No need to create them now, discuss, plan and involve others.

Essential info!

Please bring a laptop if you have one, a very limited number are available to borrow from Wikimedia UK, please contact John.Cummings@Wikimedia.org.uk

Directions can be found here, there will be a Barbican Host welcoming guests at the main Silk Street entrance as well as a host on the 4th floor.

If you don't already have a Wikipedia account you can register for one here.

If you'd like to take part remotely then please join us on Twitter at: #WikimaniaLondon

The Wikimania wiki event page can be found here

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