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Wikidata is a collaboratively edited knowledge base hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. The database is published under CC0.


Wikidata has just as Wikipedia the goal of collecting knowledge, while this happens in Wikipedia in the form of encyclopedic texts, happens this in Wikidata in structured data and linked data.

History and background[edit]

Before Wikidata existed, the section In other languages in the sidebar with links to articles in other languages was filled in manually on each single article. That resulted in the end in numerous interwiki conflicts and errors, and the more a subject was described in multiple languages, it was more complex to fix.

In October 2012 Wikidata went live. The wiki was empty of content and editors first started to import all the sitelinks with Wikipedia. Later also the sitelinks with other Wikimedia platforms.


Wikimedia Belgium has no authority in Wikidata as it is the community on Wikidata who makes the decisions and as the website is owned by the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikimedia Belgium is however founded to support local volunteers and organisations in working with Wikidata and the other Wikimedia platforms, and we have years of experience in helping organisations with using Wikidata and adding data from collections to Wikidata.


WikidataCon 2017 entrance

Projects in Belgium[edit]

Below is an incomplete list of projects done in Belgium on Wikidata.

  • October 2015-January 2016 - Import data from Flemish art collections to Wikidata   (info)
  • March 2017- 2018 - Import data from the Kunstenpunt database to Wikidata   (info)
  • September 2017-November 2017 - Import of the monuments of the Brussels Capital Region to Wikidata   (info)
  • November 2017-May 2018 - Import of archive locations from Archiefbank Vlaanderen to Wikidata   (info)
  • September-November 2018 - Import of the monuments of the German-speaking Community to Wikidata   (info)
  • 29 October 2018 - Wikidata workshop organised in the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels   (info | event page)
  • 29 October 2018 - Wikidata 6th birthday party in the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels   (info | event page)

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