Sunday, July 12, 2015

#Wikidata - an invitation to add missing #data to the #AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, confers several awards. You can read more about it on Wikipedia or on their website. It is not unlikely that the Wikipedia article is read as much as the official website. The Wikipedia article of the AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility for instance is available for improvement..For many laureates there is no article, for many of them there is not even a red link and there is only an article in English.

At this time, Wikidata is not much better. It knows about the laureates there is an article for. A few additional facts have been added but that is about it. The information is available in the most relevant languages..

When an organisation like the AAAS so chooses, they can add additional data. Data about the laureates, when the award was conferred to them and they may even add people missing in Wikidata. or they may find that  Kyoshi Kurokawa is the 2012 laureate . The benefits to the AAAS will grown in time. Japanese people may learn about the AAAS, Wikidata will become more relevant as a hub for Open Data and consequently people will become even more exposed to the AAAS.

Obviously, this invitation is open to all organisations that confer awards. It is open to people who care about such things.
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