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International Workshop | Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikibase: Usage Scenarios for Literary Studies

Oct 10, 2023 - Oct 11, 2023

Organised by Frank Fischer and Bart Soethaert, project "Digital Observatory of World Literature", Research Area 5: "Building Digital Communities". 

With the advent of digital platforms for collaborative information processing, we aim to explore the vast potential of utilizing Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikibase for literary analysis and research. During this interactive workshop, we will engage in brainstorming and co-exploration sessions to uncover the diverse usage scenarios of these semantically networked platforms for literary studies. We will examine the possibilities of leveraging queries and APIs to extract relevant information, develop new research questions, analyse linked data, and explore available metrics and tools. These enable us to gain insight in the collaborative and self-regulating processes of knowledge aggregation about literature, its authors, topics, and historical contexts.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Explore the potential of Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikibase for literary studies
  • Engage in brainstorming and co-exploration sessions to identify usage scenarios
  • Examine queries and APIs to extract relevant information for literary analysis
  • Utilize available metrics and tools for enhanced literature research
  • Foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among participant


Tuesday, 10 October 2023: Scholarly Impulses and Discussion

13:00 | Frank Fischer and Bart Soethaert (Freie Universität Berlin / EXC 2020): Opening Remarks and Introduction

13:15 | Jacob Blakesley (Sapienza Università di Roma): Measuring Literary Popularity Using Wikipedia

13:45 | Sina Zarrieß and Bastian Bunzeck (Universität Bielefeld): Where and How Do Literary Characters Figure in Wikipedia?

14:15 | Short Break

14:30 | Fudie Zhao (University of Oxford): Wikidata Usage Scenarios for Literary Studies: Insights from ›A Systematic Review of Wikidata in Digital Humanities‹

15:00 | Juan Antonio Pastor-Sánchez and Tomás Saorín (Universidad de Murcia): Measuring the Literary Field of Creative Works: The Case of Literary Works According to Wikipedia and Wikidata

15:30 | Short Break

15:45 | Marco Antonio Stranisci (Università di Torino): Deriving World Literatures from Wikidata and Other Communities of Readers

16:15 | Alan Ang and Lucy Patterson (Wikimedia Deutschland): Status and Future Plans of Wikidata

16:45 | Short Break

17:00 | Maria Hinzmann and Tinghui Duan (Universität Trier): Linked Open Data for Literary History: Constructing, Querying and Using the MiMoTextBase

17:30 | Marie Gunreben (Universität Konstanz) and Olaf Simons (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg): Prose Fiction and Dubious Histories of the 17th and 18th Centuries on FactGrid

Wednesday, 11 October 2023: Exploring Interfaces

09:30 | Viktor Illmer & Frank Fischer (Freie Universität Berlin / EXC 2020): Querying the Wikipedia API to Explore the Positioning of Authors and Works: A Jupyter Notebook Walkthrough

10:00 | Brainstorming and Hands-on Session I: Query Interfaces for Semantic Datasets and the Development of Research Topics

11:15 | Short Break

11:30 | Brainstorming and Hands-on Session II: Query Interfaces for Semantic Datasets and the Development of Research Topics

12:45 | Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Time & Location

Oct 10, 2023 - Oct 11, 2023

Freie Universität Berlin
Fabeckstraße 35
Seminarraum 011
14195 Berlin

Further Information

Participation only after registration until 4 October via e-mail: Jonas Rohe, j.rohe@fu-berlin.de.