A free and open knowledge base.
What is Wikidata?
It is a free and open knowledge base that turns information into structured and machine-readable data.
- a repository of the world's knowledge
- a database that anyone can read and edit
- free and open source software
- all data is CC-0 licenced meaning it can be used by anyone
Why should you use Wikidata?
The possibilities are endless!
The power of the linked data in Wikidata is how it can be consumed, queried and visualised in a variety of ways; whether it’s Voltaire’s works, the collections of the National Library of Wales, an analysis of MPs’ occupations or the over 3 million linked citations visualised using the Scholia tool. See Use Cases for more information and examples.
An introduction to Wikidata:
You can read more about Wikidata in this Introduction page.
Here is a short 3 minute video on Wikidata by Jason Evans at the National Library of Wales.
Wikidata Tours are designed for new users and are a great way to learn more about Wikidata. They show you how Wikidata works and how you can add data.
There are currently tours for Wikidata basics, such as editing items, and for Wikidata activities.
- The main help portal on Wikidata.
- The community portal where you can find out more about rules and community processes.
Excellent 15 minute TedX talk introducing Wikidata by Dr. Martin Poulter: The global knowledge base: open data about everything.
Processing and importing data onto Wikidata
© Ewan McAndrew and Hannah Rothmann, University of Edinburgh, 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0, unless otherwise indicated.