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.
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:
- Anila Angjeli + Benjamin Bober, Assessing Wikibase as the core of the French National Entities file
- Barbara Fischer + Sarah Hartmann, Authority control meets Wikibase – The German National Library and Wikimedia Deutschland Quest
- David Fichtmueller, Using Wikibase as a Platform to Develop a Semantic Biodiversity Standard
- Stuart Prior, Wikibase and building a community in Artists’s Publishing
- Olaf Simons, Using a Wikibase platform outside the Wikidata environment – why it is cool and where things get difficult
We are proud to announce a new and massive Wikibase project that will keep a big community busy for far more than a year: Last month the president of the University of Erfurt, Prof. Dr. Walter Bauer-Wabnegg, and Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann, director-general of the German National Library in Frankfurt and Leipzig (DNB) signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to bring GND data into the FactGrid – on a large scale.
The GND, the Integrated Authority File, is an authority file for millions of persons plus corporate bodies, conferences and events, geographic Information, topics and works – designed to harmonise the exchange between libraries, archives and academic projects in the DACH countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
To have the GND inside had been our constant topic over the last year. A Wikibase instance is a cool thing to contribute to as soon as it is the research tool you yourself would use in your research. GND data link into the world of open data, they clarify who or what you are speaking of in your research in all German language contexts – and they will reach out the other global authority files and to the universe of library data.
[A version of this was originally posted here]
[Postscript Friday 4, May 2018: SPARQL is on, we are in the middle of our first more massiv data input]
Four months have passed since the kick-off workshop shop, and the FactGrid project has run into its first unexpected problems. We are confident that we will solve the – primarily technical – issues, but one of the lessons we have learned so far is that we will need the support of a larger community in order to situate the FactGrid Project with more impact in the Wikidata-community.
What do we want to achieve? We are still trying to launch a Wikibase installation with the aim to offer a platform for original research. Data hosted on the FactGrid will be free to be used by Wikidata. Data will leave the FactGrid database, however, with the personal authorisations of research which Wikidata is not be able to generate.
Digital humanities projects interested to work on the collective FactGrid platform will sponsor software developments with their respective DH-funding.