Sunday 21st july 12.00 - 18.00 h.

Workshops and Satellite Meetings

Upskilling in Wikidata for maximum impact: A practical workshop for botanists.

Location: Colón
This workshop is free and open to 50 people. Participants will be required to bring their own laptops. For more information, see Once you have signed up for the workshop on the IBC website, please also register for the one-hour online onboarding session and introduction to be held on Tuesday 9 July at 11 am central Europe time (Register here: Please email with any queries. Workshop organisers: Siobhan Leachman (2023 Wikimedian Laureate and independent researcher, Wellington, New Zealand), Sabine von Mering (data scientist and botanist, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany), Joaquim Santos (herbarium collection manager and researcher, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal) and Heidi Meudt (Curator Botany, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand). This workshop is a practical, hands-on session that will focus on educating and upskilling botanists to contribute to Wikidata. Wikidata is an open knowledge base of structured linked data, and is a sister project to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Wikidata provides stable identifiers (QIDs) for every Wikidata item representing entities such as places, people, objects, institutions, taxa, etc. In addition, it functions as a hub for other identifiers thus linking to external biodiversity data sources, facilitating the creation of open linked data in for the benefit of us all. We will provide an opportunity for workshop attendees to learn how to edit Wikidata and create new content, assist attendees in improving their Wikidata editing and querying skills, and encourage and empower them to continue to contribute to Wikidata. We will also give attendees practical skills and tips that they can use immediately to “Wikidata-ify” the International Botanical Congress while attending conference sessions. Specifically, workshop attendees will gain practical knowledge and skills in Wikidata in how to: • Create a Wikidata account, username and profile • Create and edit Wikidata items for botanists, botanical collectors, research papers, plant taxa, and more • Add statements to Wikidata items • Link other identifiers to Wikidata items and vice versa (round tripping) • Add citations to statements in Wikidata • Add photos (via Wikimedia Commons) to Wikidata items • Install and use helpful tools and gadgets for editing Wikidata • Query the Wikidata database using the Wikidata Query service • Model the reuse of Wikidata items using the website Bionomia as a use case • Wikidata-ify the IBC 2024 and future events The workshop will be run in English, but the organisers will also be able to present content and answer questions in Spanish and German. Because Wikidata is a multilingual linked knowledge base, anyone can contribute to it in any language, which means workshop attendees can edit Wikidata during the workshop in their own language if they choose.
Heidi Marie Meudt
Curator Botany, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand