Submissions:2023/Indigenous Artists and Wikidata

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2023.


Indigenous Artists and Wikidata


Community Initiatives, Equity / Inclusion / Community Health, GLAM / Heritage / Culture, Open Data

Type of session:



As a multilingual knowledge base of everything in the universe, Wikidata holds a lot of potential for storing and sharing information about Indigenous practices, artists, and their works. Further, with the advancement of AI, it’s more vital than ever that we integrate artist and event information in order to build a capacity for retrieving and displaying events featuring Indigenous artists and organizations. Representing Indigenous identities in Wikidata accurately and respectfully could be possible but is not simple. However, in order to realize this potential, some specific changes are needed to accommodate the nuances and complexities of Indigenous identities and practices. This report explores how identifying and descriptive information about Indigenous artists can be represented as linked open data. To this effect, this project identifies several recommendations for the Wikidata community.


Other resources:

Author name:

Brit Johnston, Frédéric Julien and Anju Singh

E-mail address:,,

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

CAPACOA (Q85541788)

Estimated time:

30-45 minutes

Special requests:

Slides and projector.

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

1) LD4 Wikidata Affinity Group: Launch of Indigenous Artists and Wikidata Report, April 18, 2023. 2) Creative Catalyst (TMU): Beyond Words - How ChatGPT and Computational Tools are Shaping the Future of Discoverability in the Arts, March 23, 2023. 3) Canadian Open Data Summit: Indigenous Artists and Open Data Respectful Representation and Control, November 8, 2022.

Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

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)