The Open Data Weekend was fringe event to the Wikimania conference this year. It took place in Frobisher Room One at The Barbican Centre in London on the 5 & 6th of July and was well attended.
The weekend included:
- 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 general discussion on open data and the philosophy and the Semantic Web technologies.
- Exploring various tools and applications that run and depend on the data stored within Wikidata and Wikimedia projects.
Unfortunately I am writing this post in 2015 and various details have fallen out of my mind… Luckily there is an EtherPad that contains lots of notes!
Spaghetti Open Data is made up of a group of Italian citizens interested in the release of public data in open formats, in order to make it easy to access and reuse.
Starting in 2010 they have had yearly conferences.
I was lucky enough to be invited to their conference this year (SOD14) as the keynote speaker talking about Wikidata, paid for by Wikimedia Italy.
An overview of the conference can be found at http://www.spaghettiopendata.org/page/conferenza-sod14
Photo by: Homer Project. Harmonising Open Data
My talk went well and during the day many people came to discuss various things with me.
My presentation can be found on Google Docs.
As for my participation in the rest of the conference, well, I don’t speak Italian, so……
I can however say that Italy is a great place!
I recently led an event at Wikimedia UK on 28 September 2013 entitled Wikidata Training as part of the Wikidata development team.
The event page on the Wikimedia UK wiki can be found at https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Wikidata_training.
I want to share the LONG presentation that I gave on that day using Prezi.
You can find it below, sorry if it drags on but it gets lots across.