Submissions:2019/Introduction to Structured Data on Commons

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2019.


Introduction to Structured Data on Commons


Tech & Tools

Type of session:



The Wikimedia Foundation has deploying features to Wikimedia Commons since Spring 2019 as part of the development of the Structured Data on Commons project, that was funded by the Sloan Foundation in 2016. This major software change to Wikimedia Commons allows for users to describe files on Wikimedia commons with Wikidata-style statements, allowing for the potential of a number of long asked for features on commons, including multi-lingual equivalents to categories, simple APIs for sharing, retrieving and modifying metadata, and multilingual search. At the time of writing, nearly 2 millions files on Commons utilized some form of structured data on them, and we are beginning to see increased adoption.

In this session, I will introduce the core functionalities of the Structured Data on Commons software (including descriptions, adding statements to files, and search keywords in Commons Search) and will demonstrate emerging volunteer built tools that help you manipulate the data (ISA, AC/DC, and Magnus’s SDC tool, and others if they become available). The workshop is designed to be hands on, so will include a number of small actions that everyone can participate in.

Moreover, I will share a brief introduction to future of structured data on Wikimedia Commons and the anticipated applications and uses of the features.


Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Alex Stinson

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:

Astinson (WMF)

Affiliated organization(s):

Wikimedia Foundation

Estimated time:

80 minutes

Preferred room size:


Special requests:

If there is a computer lab, that would be awesome, and help folks who don't bring computers.

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

Yes, at the National Libraries post-Conference meeting at Wikimania -- I will be leaning heavily on presentation materials built by Sandra Fauconnier

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)