Upcoming Events

The Second World: Comic as Data North America Wikidata Edit-a-thon, Fall 2021

October 21st and 22nd, 2021 (10am-4pm EST)

Flyer announcing information about the Fall October 21st and 22nd 2021 Wikidata event held at Michigan State University. Email Justin Wigard for more information. His email is: wigardju@msu.edu

Comics as Data North America (CaDNA) is an ongoing collaborative project that examines library catalog data to explore geographies of publishing and library collecting policies in North American comics. Continuing an institutional history of creating collections as data, a group of Michigan State University librarians, digital humanists, and faculty formed a working group in 2018 to compile and analyze comic book data. 

Working in conjunction with Department of English, Graphic Possibilities Research Workshop, and the Consortium for Critical Diversity in Digital Age Research (CEDAR), this Wikidata event seeks to address gaps in digital record. This is Graphic Possibilities’ second year hosting this Wikidata workshop, and we welcome participants of all Digital Humanities/Wikidata experience to join our community of students, specialists, staff, faculty, and comics / Wikidata fans!

During the event, we will be connecting the metadata associated with a subset of the MSU Comics Collection to entries on Wikidata in order to make the Comics Collection that much more digitally and publicly accessible to folks outside of Michigan State University through Wikidata. This is a great entry-level opportunity to do some Digital Humanities/data-manipulation/open-archive work with a large community of folks! 

Each participant will begin by taking an entry, then work to connect as many points as possible to Wikidata. You’ll sign off on completed entries, then begin a new one. We’ll be using Discord to connect you all during the event, so you can talk about the process with each other. The goal of this event is to not only increase the digital accessibility of the collection, but also to connect comics scholars across different institutions, units, and areas. 

Luckily, no wikidata editing experience is required! Just check out our video below to get started and learn more. 

This fall’s event will link Wikidata groups across the country together in a coordinated effort to update entries linked to the Silver and Bronze Age of comics. For more information on joining this event, contact Justin Wigard (wigardju@msu.edu).

Registration Process:

  1. Create an account on Wikidata: create an account on Wikidata.
  2. Wikidata’s tutorial Tours: complete the first three “Tours” under Wikidata Basics (Items, Statements, References)
  3. Complete the GP Wikidata Registration here.

 

Tutorial Video for the Event

DH@MSU specialist Kate Topham put together a comprehensive video explaining our process that we will be following for the event. We will also go over this process each morning during the Wikidata Edit-A-Thon.

PAST EVENTS

“Visualizing Golden Age Comics Wikidata”

April 22nd, 2021, 1-5pm EST

Comics as Data North America (CaDNA) is an ongoing collaborative project that examines library catalog data to explore geographies of publishing and library collecting policies in North American comics. Continuing an institutional history of creating collections as data, a group of Michigan State University librarians, digital humanists, and faculty formed a working group in 2018 to compile and analyze comic book data.

“Visualizing Golden Age Comics Wikidata” is a Wikidata event that will build on previous Wikidata events to bring participants together in visualizing Golden Age Comics Wikidata and collaboratively create interactive graphs. Guest speaker: Will Kent from WikiEDU, who we recently had on our podcast!


We seek to ask “How can Wikidata liberate our understanding or thinking about comics? How can visualizing comics Wikidata reveal new insights into comics archives and collections?” 

 

Visualizing Wikidata Tutorial

Here’s a short video explaining our process for generating Wikidata visualizations for our Comics Wikidata! We’ll go over this in-depth during the event, but this is a good place to start. Captions are coming soon and should be available on 4/20! — Justin

Relevant links:

Wikidata Graph Builder
Basic Wikidata Query Template
Filled Wikidata Query Template

 

Spring 2021 Wikidata Flyer

Flyer announcing information about the April 22nd, 2021 Wikidata event held at Michigan State University. Email Justin Wigard for more information. His email is: wigardju@msu.edu

PAST EVENTS

Virtual Wikidata Edit-a-thon:
The Golden Age 

October 8th and 9th 2020

 

Comics as Data North America (CaDNA) is an ongoing collaborative project that examines library catalog data to explore geographies of publishing and library collecting policies in North American comics. Continuing an institutional history of creating collections as data, a group of Michigan State University librarians, digital humanists, and faculty formed a working group in 2018 to compile and analyze comic book data.

 

In its second year, CaDNA continues its investigation of linked data opportunities offered by MSU Library Special Collection Comic Art Collection. Working in conjunction with Department of English, Graphic Possibilities Research Workshop and Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab (DHLC), this Wikidata event seeks to address gaps in digital record. This project will link Wikidata group across the country together in coordinated effort to update entries linked to the Golden Age of comics. For more information on joining this event contact Justin Wigard (wigardju@msu.edu).

 

 

Registration Process:

  1. Create an account on Wikidata: create an account on Wikidata.
  2. Wikidata’s tutorial Tours: complete the first three “Tours” under Wikidata Basics (Items, Statements, References)
  3. Complete the GP Wikidata Registration.