Workshop Wikidata for Research, Science and Cultural Heritage

29 May | 13.30 CEST - 16.00 CEST

Join us for an enlightening workshop regarding the potential of Wikidata across various domains of knowledge.


This session, led by Olaf Janssen, the Wikimedia coordinator for the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the national library of the Netherlands, is a collaborative effort between The Plant and Maastricht University Library, aims to explore the potential of Wikidata across various domains of knowledge.

Wikidata is a free, collaborative, multilingual database, collecting structured open data for anyone in the world to use. It also plays a crucial role in supporting Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Over the last 12 years it has strongly increased in popularity among the scientific and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) communities.

This 2.5-hour workshop offers a comprehensive introduction to Wikidata, blending theory with practical, hands-on experience.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding Wikidata: Learn about the mechanics and community ethos behind Wikidata, uncovering how it functions both technically and socially.
  • The relevance of Wikidata: Explore the pivotal role of Wikidata in supporting research, science, and global knowledge sharing, highlighting its benefits and diverse applications.
  • Contributing to Wikidata: Gain practical skills in contributing to Wikidata (with a focus on the topic of UM professors from past and present), empowering you to enrich this vast repository of open data.

Target audience: 

This workshop is tailored for academics, researchers, and anyone interested in working with Wikidata and in the intersection of open data, research, and science. Whether you are new to Wikidata or looking to deepen your understanding, this session will provide valuable insights into leveraging it for your work.


The Plant (Maastricht University-FASoS Grote Gracht 76, Room 0.10)


  • To make optimal use of time, participants are requested to create a Wikidata account in the weeks before the workshop.
  • Please bring your own laptop for the hands-on portion of the workshop.


Please register via Qualtrics to indicate if you would like to attend. We look forward to having you join us! More information.



The Plant
Grote Gracht 76 (Room 0.10)


Registrations are provided by an external party or registration is not required for this event.