This is a White Rose Libraries co-hosted event at the University of York Library based around advocacy for the use of Wikidata within the research lifecycle. We are bringing together researchers and professionals from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York as well as University of Exeter and Wikimedia UK to showcase the use of Wikidata, a free linked database of secondary data that can be read and edited by both humans and machines, in their research. 

The event will start with a presentation from Dr Martin Poulter, a trainer and adviser to academics, librarians, and other experts on how to work with open projects such as Wikidata and Wikipedia. He will be addressing the strengths of Wikidata for Digital Humanities. We will also be hosting two members of Wikimedia UK: Dr Richard Nevell, Programme Manager and Connected Heritage Programme Lead, and Dr Lucy Hinnie, Digital Skills Wikimedian. Dr Fran Allfrey, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Archaeology, University of York, will be talking to us about Medieval Wiki: learnings from editing wikidata with medieval scholars. Finally, Ruth Elder, Collections Management Specialist at the University of York, will give us an insight into the collaborative work with adding information to Wikidata from their respective university libraries’s theses repository.

For those attending in person, there will be an opportunity to continue the conversation with our speakers following the presentations and lunch.

Please note that the presentations will be recorded and published on the White Rose webpages.


  • 10:00- 10:10 - Introduction and housekeeping
  • 10:10- 10:40 - Strengths of Wikidata for Digital Humanities, by Dr Martin Poulter
  • 10:40- 11:05 - Humanities research and Wikidata, by Dr Lucy Hinnie
  • 11.05 - 11.25 - VocalEyes Project, by Dr Richard Nevell 
  • 11:25- 11:50 - Break
  • 11:50- 12:10 - Medieval Wiki, by Dr Fran Allfrey
  • 12:10- 12:25 - Theses collections on Wikidata, by Ruth Elder
  • 12:25- 12:25 - End of presentations and online event
  • 14:00-16:00 - Collective discussion (optional) In person


Register here

This is a free, hybrid event available to staff/students from the White Rose institutions only. Once you reserve your spot, the organiser will be in touch with you with further details to allow you to choose how you would like to attend it.

A Zoom link to the event will be sent out the day before the event to those who have registered to attend online.

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