Submissions/CauseGraph: History, Wikidata, and Visualization

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Submission no. L-0003
screenshot of CauseGraph
Title of your submission

CauseGraph: History, Wikidata, and Visualization

Type of submission

Lightning talk

Author of the submission

Jamie Cox

Language of presentation

English; I also have a little bit of background in French, and I am thinking of making a version of CauseGraph that prioritizes French labels where available.

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Country of origin

United States

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Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikidata provides all kinds of information that can be visualized in interesting ways, and visualization can in turn be used to see areas where Wikidata can be improved. My project, CauseGraph, uses relationship and date information from Wikidata, putting historical people, creative works, etc., and their relationships to each other, in the context of time. Powerful open-source visualization tools make it possible to visualize hundreds of thousands of nodes at once using pre-computed layouts, and to make these visualizations available on the web. By looking at the CauseGraph visualization, I have been able to find areas where Wikidata could be improved, including many instances of missing or inaccurate time information.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Examples of how other projects can use Wikidata, how these other projects can lead to contributions back to Wikidata, and how current open-source tools for data analysis and visualization make this possible.

Theme of presentation

Technology, Interface & Infrastructure

Length of submission

All lightning talks are 5 minutes.

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  1. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 19:41, 10 June 2017 (UTC)[reply]