Submissions:2019/Wikidata-fying Northeastern University's "Women Writers in Review" initiative

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2019.


Wikidata-fying Northeastern University's "Women Writers in Review" initiative


Inclusion and Diversity

Type of session:



"Women Writers in Review" is an initiative of the Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University where I serve as Visiting Scholar. The initiative encompasses pre-20th-century English language women writers, their works, reviews of their works, and scoring of the reviews (P444) by academics. The initiative supports research into the transatlantic reception and readership of early texts by women ("cultures of reception"). Using structured data to model the work enables analysis, identification, and depiction of gender bias over a particular time period (pre-XX-c) and language (English). In consultation with Amanda Rust (Northeastern University), Will Kent (Wiki Education Foundation), Lane Rasberry (University of Virginia), and Mike Peel (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias), I've developed a Wikidata model to depict this research. The session will include a visualization of the data and findings, approaches to developing the model, and discussion as to how this model might be used by other academic institutions to contribute their unique data sets to Wikidata. While this presentation focuses on Wikidata, it also relates to WikiCite.

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


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Estimated time:

20-30 minutes

Preferred room size:

seats 30-40

Special requests:


Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

* Presentation #1 of this topic occurred at LD4 conference (Boston, May 2019). It was an introduction to an idea.
  • Presentation #2 occurred at Wikimania (Stockholm, August 2019). It articulated preparation for the "data dump" and property proposal process.
  • Presentation #3 will occur at Wikidatacon (Berlin, October 2019). This will occur subsequent to the "data dump" of Sep-Oct. This is an accepted talk at Wikidatacon.
  • WCNA will be Presentation #4. It will include parts of Presentation #4, plus additional learnings subsequent to Wikidatacon. It may also include an announcement of other academic institutions who will add their "cultures of reception" data into Wikidata.

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)

Yes; lightning talk.