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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 4:35pm - 4:40pm
Intro to Wikidata, the Database for Wikipedia and Wiki Projects

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Please provide an abstract.For a generation, Wikipedia has been the world's single most popular general information resource, nonprofit media outlet, and source of free and open content. As Wikipedia's almost one billion unique annual users have demanded more and better content, the wiki community has increasingly relied on Wikidata as the wiki database to design every user experience. As with all things "wiki", anyone can edit Wikidata, leading to 8,000 people making multiple contributions to Wikidata's 40 million data items in every month of 2017. Wikidata as a platform offers opportunities for any organization to federate their data into the wiki network as a means to achieve distribution and enjoy crowdsourced data enrichment. This talk showcases projects in art, science, and medicine which anyone could replicate to bring new audiences to their own data.

Speakers
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Lane Rasberry

Wikimedian in Residence, Data Science Institute at UVA
Lane Rasberry is Wikimedian in Residence at the Data Science Institute at the University of Virginia. His interests include consumer rights, open access, crowdsourcing, and coffee.

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, and... Read More →




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