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After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 6034
Pointing a Wikipedia Article to its subject data
Bob Kerr--Centralamerica (talk) 14
30, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
--Centralamerica (talk) 14
30, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Wikipedia Open Data Project

Open data has a complex problem in how it brings the audience to where the data on any given subject is being held. Creating a separate wikipedia page containing links to external data sites is one method of directing them. These links are not references for the article or further reading but links directly to the repositories of the data.

Following on from the example already used in wikipedia by Geohack, we place a small link in the top right hand corner of a page titled DATA, we can create a data page for any subject. Using Wikipedia as a subject index we will then have a page which can either point to data providers or directly to data which would not be available otherwise due to licensing complexity. Geohack already answers the question "which maps are associated with these coordinates". The data page answers the question "which data is associated with this subject" Wikipedia would not host any of this data and most subjects do not need a data page.

We can look at the Glasgow page as an example. The top right hand corner are some coordinate numbers. Click on them and it takes you to the Geohack page. Geohack is a Javascript page. The Data Page would just be a normal Wikipedia page open to editing by Wikipedians

I will give examples of the benefits to different organisations concerning their different types of data. How having wikipedia can categorise their data for those organisations and how similar organisations can share their data without compromising the integrity of their data. I will also show how wikipedia will gain a new capability as a data catalogue.

The examples that I will give will include Glasgow City, Scottish Government, UK Charities, Malaria and others. It will include multiple external data portals or raw data.

This project is not to be confused with Wikidata which has a different purpose.

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Length of session
15 - 30 minutes
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