In 2018, the most radical change on Wikimedia Commons takes place since its inception: Commons is converted to structured, machine-readable data (mainly powered by Wikidata and by its software, Wikibase).
This update has been a long-time request from the Commons community. It will make it much easier to view, search, edit, organize and re-use Commons files, and will finally make Commons truly multilingual.
This opens many new perspectives for knowledge equity on Commons and on Wikimedia projects in general. Without structured data, media on Commons around underrepresented knowledge has usually been difficult to find, translate, and describe. Structured data will change that for the better. With structured data, media can be provided with descriptions in any language, and Commons can be searched in any language as well. And as descriptions of media files on Wikimedia Commons become strongly interlinked with Wikidata, we will be able to enrich and connect them with a structured knowledge base that properly describes the full richness of cultures around the world.
Furthermore, the technical updates to Commons metadata and APIs also enable profound changes to upload processes and metrics, and will make entirely new features and tools possible.
Because of these changes, Wikimedia Commons will become a much more attractive platform for GLAMs around the world. Commons can now become a core piece of infrastructure for 'knowledge as a service': it becomes much more suitable as a (primary or secondary) media repository for digital media files of cultural collections around the world.
After a presentation about the current status and planned developments by the project team, there is a panel and extensive Q&A session, with demonstrations and discussions around GLAM and Wikimedia Commons projects that are working with underrepresented knowledge and that may benefit structured data.
Structure of this session:
(20 minutes) Structured Data on Commons: what, why, when?
(30 minutes) Panel of knowledge equity projects and their Structured Data potential
(10 minutes) Discussion and wrapping up
Attendees will understand how Wikimedia Commons will change in the upcoming year, and what its new potential is for GLAM projects that focus on knowledge equity.