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OLET2127: Communicating with Wikidata

This OLE unit teaches students to load, use and interpret information using Wikidata. This free, open source repository gathers and stores content in the public domain. It will benefit students in any discipline who are interested in harvesting statistics freely and –as Wikidatauses SPARQL –without the need for query items to be contained in data bases. Published under CC0 1.0 Universal, the data can be reused, copied, modified, and distributed and stored in Wikidata. Wikidata is multilingual so can be used for translations. It can be used with specific datasets or to ask interesting questions like 'What is the capital city of every chocolate manufacturer and how many people live there?'


Academic unit
Unit code OLET2127
Unit name Communicating with Wikidata
Session, year
Intensive April, 2021
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Remote
Credit points 2

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Frances Di Lauro,
Lecturer(s) Simon Liu ,
Project supervisor(s) Frances Di Lauro ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Multiple Choice Quiz 1
Multiple choice quiz
20% Week 04
Due date: 29 Mar 2021 at 09:00

Closing date: 16 Apr 2021
20 questions equivalent to 10 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Multiple Choice Quiz 2
Multiple choice quiz
10% Week 05
Due date: 12 Apr 2021 at 09:00

Closing date: 30 Apr 2021
5 questions equivalent to 20 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment Wikidata "Statements"
Complete 20 "statements" adding 2 of either Items, Properties or Values
20% Week 06
Due date: 18 Apr 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 30 Apr 2021
20 x 10 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Assignment Wikidata-powered template
Create template & transfer knowledge to create Wikidata-powered template
20% Week 07
Due date: 25 Apr 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 30 Apr 2021
500 word equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5 LO4
Assignment Visualisation creation
Extract information to create visualisations: graphs, data statements, etc.
30% Week 08
Due date: 01 May 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 15 May 2021
1000 word equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO6

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Wikipedia essentials and Editing basics Sources and citations Sandboxes and mainspace Introduction to WikiData Online class (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 Template language. Types of data that can be centralised in Wikidata. The constituent parts of items harvested. Online class (2 hr) LO2
Week 03 Search queries, working with "statements", "Items", "properties" and "Values". Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Creating Wikidata-powered templates. Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO5
Week 05 Creating Visualisations: graphs, data statements, tables etc. Online class (2 hr) LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 2 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 40-50 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Readings are available online through links embedded in Canvas material.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply the core policies and guidelines of Wikipedia when editing articles
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of what sorts of data can be centralised in Wikidata
  • LO3. extract "actionable knowledge" from data and analytics
  • LO4. synthesise knowledge from information
  • LO5. create a Wikidata-powered template - such as an info-box - for Wikipedia and other projects connected to Wikidata
  • LO6. work collaboratively to create visualisations from raw data

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
This unit is being offered for the first time in the April Intensive, 2021.


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