The first volume of the Thuringian pastor’s book (1500–1920) as a Wikibase data set German version via Google Translate

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In a tremendous effort of a year’s of work, Heino Richard of the Genealogical Society of Thuringia e.V., step by step translated the first volume of the Thuringian Pastors’ Books (the volume for the former Duchy of Gotha) into data which we could now feed into FactGrid: More than 13,300 database objects are stemming from this work allowing now entirely new explorations of the territory’s social and religious history. We as curious about the joint ventures this work might inspire. There is no reason to fear that the database version will render all further work on the paper-based volumes obsolete, the platform might, however, offer itself to the editors of the Pfarrerbuch as an unexpected aid.

The eight volumes cover all the parishes of the former Thuringian territories from the Reformation to the 20th century. A first survey is prefixed in each volume to give all the all the parishes and offices with lists of the pastors and auxiliaries who held the respective offices. The main part is in each volume devoted to the individual biographies.

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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1941

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Der erste Band des Thüringer Pfarrerbuchs (1500–1920) als Wikibase-Datensatz

In einer gewaltigen Arbeitsleistung überführte Heino Richard von der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogie Thüringen e.V., Gothaer und Eisenacher Land, im letzten Jahr den ersten Band des Thüringischen Pfarrerbuchs, den Band für das ehemalige Herzogtum Gotha, in eine Version von über 13,300 Datenbankobjekten, die nun ganz neue Auswertungen erlauben und die vielleicht damit interessante Kooperationen nahelegen. Dass das Datenbankangebot die weitere Arbeit an den Pfarrerbüchern erübrigen wird, steht nicht zu befürchten. Vielleicht aber wird sich das FactGrid den Bearbeitern der Bände als unerwartetes Hilfsmittel anbieten.

Die bisher erstellten acht Bände erfassen von der Reformation bis ins 20. Jahrhundert alle Pfarreien der ehemaligen Thüringer Territorien.

In einem ersten Part sind jeweils die Amtsinhaber nach Pfarreien chronologisch aufgelistet.

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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1923

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FAQ FactGrid – Pourquoi devrais-je utiliser FactGrid pour mon projet de recherche ?

Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1895

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EMQuon — The Early Modern Quarantine Conference

With so many conferences cancelled these days Joe Saunders had a particularly refreshing idea to be played out on the internet: To host the first Early Modern Quonference on Twitter.

We have decided to join the event with a call for data to present in a special data drive session on the event.

Whom would we like to attract? With a deadline on May 1st all those who should have data at their fingertips. If you have data silently passing away on old spreadsheets, decomposing on massive antiquated hard disc drives, rotting on databases islands without a download button… this is the moment to fuse them into the collaborative resource and to check whether we cannot link them to far more data on the growing community platform.

This is Joe’s announcement

EMQuon
The Early Modern Quarantine Conference

About:

A forum to promote the exchange of ideas and fostering debate for early modern historians during the coronavirus shutdown of 2020.

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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1848

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Celebrating FactGrid Q100000: Conrad Alexandre Gérard

Silently and without any fanfare we have passed the 100,000 mark on FactGrid! The item in question is a person: Conrad Alexandre Gérard. In a way he is the perfect candidate to mark this occasion. FactGrid has been diving into networks obscure and less obscure, and Gerard travels on both sides of this distinction: The first French ambassador to the United States and a person interested in Mesmerism, the world of miraculous cures based on “animal magnetism” in the 1780s. Our project started with the German Illuminati and spread into Freemasonry. In doing so, it broadened its scope to include France and England. Gerard is again a perfect representative of this outlook: born in Masevaux, France, in 1729 he pursued a diplomatic career that brought him to Mannheim and Vienna and eventually to the young United States of America. If our hopes are fulfilled, we will follow in his tracks and extend ourselves westwards and across the Atlantic over the next year.

The 100.

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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1808

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Eine Sitzung der Gothaer Illuminaten von 1786 — rekonstruiert für die “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” der Uni Erfurt, 2019

Am 8. November 2019 inszenieren Mitarbeiter und Promovierende des Forschungszentrums Gotha anlässlich der Erfurter “Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften” 2019 eine Sitzung des Illuminatenordens aus dem Jahr 1786 – eine Zeitreise und ein Blick in den geheimnisumwobene Alltag des Ordens. Wenn die Illuminaten auch ein Geheimorden waren und wenn freimaurerische Sitzungen auch die Öffentlichkeit ausschließen, so sind wir im doch Rückblick ausnehmend gut in der Lage, zu erfassen, was in Sitzungen zumindest der letzten Ordensprovinz Ionien (Thüringen) in den 1780er Jahren geschah. Der Orden hatte eine ausgefeilte Bürokratie. Man protokollierte die Sitzungen. Die Rituale waren dabei an der Freimaurerei geschult, die man von zwei Seiten (mit der „Pflanzschule“ der „Minervalkirchen“ von unten und mit „Magistratssitzungen“ von oben) Loge nach Loge im deutschsprachigen Raum infiltrierte. Wir sind Stefan Sarrach von der Deutschen Mutterloge “Zu den Drei Weltkugeln” dankbar. Er warf mit uns einen Blick in die „Rituale“, die vorgaben, wie Sitzungen regulär zu gestalten waren. Die Bewegungen und Handlungsschritte blieben hier mit Wissen des Freimaurers zu erschließen.



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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1756

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Wikibase Inspiration Panel at WikidataCon, Berlin, 2019-10-25

The recent WikidataCon in Berlin had a special panel on Wikibase installations outside Wikidata. Below the video recording of the session embedded from https://media.ccc.de/

This is the list of the talks with the list of the speakers:

  1. Anila Angjeli + Benjamin Bober, Assessing Wikibase as the core of the French National Entities file
  2. Barbara Fischer + Sarah Hartmann, Authority control meets Wikibase – The German National Library and Wikimedia Deutschland Quest
  3. David Fichtmueller, Using Wikibase as a Platform to Develop a Semantic Biodiversity Standard
  4. Stuart Prior, Wikibase and building a community in Artists’s Publishing
  5. Olaf Simons, Using a Wikibase platform outside the Wikidata environment – why it is cool and where things get difficult


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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1835

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Wikidata & Wikibase for national libraries: the inaugural meeting

At the 2019 Wikimania conference, Europeana – a Europe-wide digital cultural platform – held several associated events, including the inaugural meeting of national libraries which work directly with Wikidata and its underlying software Wikibase. The event was organized by Liam Wyatt in his professional role as Europeana’s Wikipedia liaison. This article was also written in that role and originally published at the Europeana blog.
In his other role as a Wikipedia volunteer he is usually called Wittylama. He is one of the founders of Project GLAM and the original Wikipedian-in-Residence – as a volunteer. Also in this role he was program chairman of Wikimania 2019 –S

At the forefront of innovation

Architectural detail at the reading room, National Library of Sweden

As Wikidata becomes an increasingly large, densely connected, web of linked data, the cultural heritage sector is leveraging the platform more and more. None more so than national libraries, who have been at the forefront of innovations. Thirty institutional representatives participated in this meeting from three continents.

The meeting began with a series of short demonstration talks from institutions already working with Wikidata and Wikibase in-house.

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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1732

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The Illuminati Correspondence Fast Forward

Paul-Olivier Dehaye scripted this visualisation for us – capturing the data of the Illuminati correspondence from the 1770s into the 1790s (there are some misfits in the visualisation which we can sudden spot and which need to be eliminated in the database, the visualisation is more of an aging screenshot of the database at the moment).


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The idea to represent letters in lines on a map with a timeline on which the user can pick a segment that can then be shifted through the timeline – has become a classic over the last years: The Stanford Republic of Letters project seems to have been the first to come up with this visualisation ten years ago

Nodegoat is offering this kind of visualisation to anyone who opens an account with them.

The visualisation is cool for correspondences since letters happen to travel on maps from senders to recipients (or multiple recipients in case they are forwarded).



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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1695

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Collaborating on the sum of all knowledge across languages

[The following article is from the Wikipedia @ 20 blog and extremely interesting to have here as well. The present copy is a draft version and offered on the original page together with the invitation to propose improvements. Denny Vrandečić (actually Zdenko) is working at Google. Previously he has been at the Institute AIFB at the KIT (Karlsruhe Institue of Technology) and at Wikimedia Deutschland, where he founded Wikidata.]

Wikipedia is available in almost 300 languages, each with independently developed content and perspectives. Sharing more knowledge across languages would allow each edition to focus on their unique contributions, and yet improve their comprehensiveness and currency.

Differences between Wikipedia language editions

Wikipedia is often described as a wonder of the modern age. There are more than 50 million articles in almost 300 languages.

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Quelle: https://blog.factgrid.de/archives/1673

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