Submissions/W(iki)B(ase) laborem solvit laetus merito: Wikibase and Linked Data Applied to Greek and Latin Epigraphy

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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. 2045
Title of the submission
W(iki)B(ase) laborem solvit laetus merito: Wikibase and Linked Data Applied to Greek and Latin Epigraphy
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Laurentius, Sannita, Pietro Liuzzo
E-mail address
Laurentius, Sannita
Laurentius, Sannita, Pietromarialiuzzo
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Italia
Personal homepage or blog
Wiki-EAGLE project website
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
Many of the ongoing collaborations between Wikimedia chapters and GLAMs concern importing pictures in Wikimedia Commons, or texts in Wikipedia or Wikisource. Wikimedia Italy is trying to expand those collaborations also to the field of open data, with the "Wiki-EAGLE project", made in collaboration with the Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy (EAGLE).

EAGLE aims to build a multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitised items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections, which deal with inscription from the Greek and Roman World. The aim of the network is to make available the vast majority of the surviving inscriptions of the Greco-Roman world, complete with the essential information about them (now scattered in several databases across EU countries) and with a series of peer-reviewed translation in several EU languages.

Wikimedia Italia and EAGLE cooperation is active on two different levels: one is related to the upload of all photos of inscriptions which have a compatible licence (Creative Commons) to Wikimedia Commons; the other is a platform for aggregation, annotation and collaborative editing of translation of inscriptions, based on the Wikibase extensions – the same ones of Wikidata.

The project started in early 2013, and even if Wikibase was still in an early stage of development, it seemed since the very beginning the ideal fit, because it both allows for structured data (for each inscription we have identifiers, pictures, original text, peer-reviewed translations and other data), and it makes collaboration simple also for people who have no knowledge of wiki-code. At the moment, it gathered about 3,000 inscriptions from several institutions from several countries, and is to date the biggest existing database of translations of Ancient Greek and Latin inscriptions.

In this presentation, we will also show the benefits of using wikibase for the Europeana Best Practice Network, as well as the next steps that we are planning to make, also taking into consideration the plans for the development of Wikidata and its integration with Wikimedia Commons.
GLAM Outreach / Open Data
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Laurentius: yes. Pietro Liuzzo: yes. Sannita: yes thanks WMF for the scholarship :)
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