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Wednesday, July 13 • 10:00am - 11:30am
The Wiki-vengers Initiative: A Working Session to Develop Best Practices for Comics Wikidata

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"There was an idea...called the Wiki-vengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could make this data something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to, to create the best practices we never could."

The Graphic Possibilities Research Workshop at Michigan State University has gathered librarians, comics scholars, and wiki-enthusiasts for wikidata edit-a-thons and visualization workshops. At these events participants have raised a number of unresolved issues in modeling comics in Wikidata: how to model comic strips versus books, how to model imprints, publishers, and brand emblems; the list goes on. Building upon the work done at San Diego State University and Michigan State University, we propose a working session to develop best practices, create documentation, and garner support for the intersection of comics and wikidata. Participants will split into focus groups to solve particular problems, then present their findings to the larger group. We will share the resources we create on a WikiProject page so that other practitioners can utilize them and improve upon them. With our powers combined, LD4 attendees can save comics wikidata from utter chaos!

Leaders of the session include Kate Topham (MSU), Justin Wigard (MSU), Julian Chambliss (MSU, Annamarie Klose (Ohio State University), and Allison Bailund (San Diego State University).

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Kate Topham

Digital Humanities Archivist, Michigan State University, United States of America

Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am EDT