Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: The Wikidata Project
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  Mark Greaves   Mark Greaves
Director, Knowledge Systems
Vulcan Inc.
  Denny Vrandecic   Denny Vrandecic
Project Director
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
Level:  Technical - Introductory

Location:  Imperial A

Wikidata is a new Wikimedia project, supporting the goal of the Wikimedia Foundation to develop and maintain open content, wiki-based projects over the sum of human knowledge, and provide the full contents of those projects to the public free of charge. Wikidata will provide an infrastructure and stable URLs to store and access data for use in Wikipedia articles, as well as for any other use. It will be similar to the way that Wikimedia Commons stores and provides public access to multimedia files today. Wikidata will be based on technologies pioneered in Semantic MediaWiki, and will be a powerful force for bringing structured data into Wikipedia, and making it available to everyone, for free.

This talk will:
• Introduce the Wikidata project
• Describe its goals, use cases, and expected impact
• Explain the project schedule, milestones, and avenues for participation

Mark Greaves is Director of Knowledge Systems at Vulcan Inc., the asset management company for Paul Allen ( He is sponsoring advanced research in large knowledge bases and semantic web technologies, including semantic wikis and business rules for the semantic web. Formerly, Mark was at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the central research and development organization of the US Department of Defense. At DARPA, he served as Director of the Joint Logistics Technology Office, and Program Manager in the Information Exploitation Office. He managed a variety of DARPA projects, including the US flagship R&D program in Semantic Web, DAML. Prior to coming to DARPA, Mark worked on advanced programs in software agent technology at the Mathematics and Computing Technology group of Boeing Phantom Works.

Denny Vrandecic is project director of the Wikidata project at Wikimedia Deutschland. He received a PhD at the Institute AIFB at the Karlsruhe Institue of Technology KIT and was a researcher at the Laboratory of Applied Ontology LOA in Rome and the Information Sciences Institute ISI at the University of Southern California USC in Los Angeles. He co-developed Semantic MediaWiki, consulted Freebase, was the founding administrator of the Croatian Wikipedia, and founding member of the Wikimedia Research Council. He currently lives in Berlin.

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