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Data Diversity in Wikidata

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Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) [Research Grant: 57299294]

Dec 01, 2017 — May 31, 2021
Contact Person:
Mariam Farda Sarbas
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Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base for anyone anywhere in the world. It was launched in 2012 as a structured central repository to provide better access to Wikipedia’s text-based source of knowledge. Since its inception, a socio-technical community has formed on Wikidata, where edits are performed manually by humans, but also using semi-automatic tools and/or through automatic scripts—also called bots.
An exciting aspect of Wikidata is the active contribution of the latter: bots contribute the majority of edits performed on Wikidata. In this research project, we investigate the socio-technical structure of the Wikidata community with a particular focus on bots. We study the human-bot participation patterns and how they affect data diversity in Wikidata.

An overview of bot requested tasks in Wikidata over time


  • Farda-Sarbas, M.; Zhu, H.; Nest, M. F.; Müller-Birn, C. (2019): Approving automation: analyzing requests for permissions of bots in wikidata. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Open Collaboration,  Sweden, pp. 1-10.
  • Farda-Sarbas, M.; Müller-Birn, C. (2019): Wikidata from a Research Perspective--A Systematic Mapping Study of Wikidata. arXiv preprint arXiv:1908.11153.
  • Feller, J.; Gamalielsson, J.; Hill, B. M.; Robles, G. (2019): Proceedings of the Doctoral Consortium at the 15th International Symposium on Open Collaboration. In Doctoral Consortium at the 15th International Symposium on Open Collaboration 2019, Skövde, Sweden, August 19, 2019. University of Skövde.