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Thursday, January 28 • 02:30 - 03:00
Entity Explosion - navigate the web with PIDs

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Wikidata is great for asking weird questions like "Who is the most famous child of a librarian?" (the answer will surprise you). But what use are all the external identifiers that make up 90% of the database? I'll show you how to use them to navigate the web.

Say you're on a webpage about a particular thing ("entity"). Click on the browser extension Entity Explosion to get information about that entity (from the URL alone!), and an explosion of links to other sites about that same entity. The data provided is sourced live from Wikidata - the Rosetta Stone of the internet - and can be retrieved in any language.

We'll browse around some topics of your choice, to see how powerful you can be with a pinch of Wikidata added to your browser.

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Siobhann McCafferty

Made in Aotearoa/New Zealand, matured in Scotland and currently Brisbane based in Australia.Project Manager for the Australian Research Data Commons, wrangler of RAiD and all round  PID enthusiast.
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Toby Hudson

University of Sydney
My lockdown project: Entity Explosion - a browser extension that allows you to discover links and information about the same topic on other sites.I'm an academic at the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney. My research involves computer simulation of crystals and liquids.I've... Read More →

Thursday January 28, 2021 02:30 - 03:00 UTC
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