Hi all :) I'm working on a PhD on , specifically studying the for science movement. As an activist I'm interested in feminist approaches to tech which I try to implement in meet ups, workshops, etc. A big part of my time goes to working as open as STS lets me, another big part goes to WikiData because I love it. Beautiful communities are what keep me existing through late capitalism, so here I am in Mastodon <3.

@cassandreces Welcome back! I've also been involved with Wikidata, and am considering how I might weave it into my doctoral research in Information Studies (I'm currently pre-comp exams).

I'd like to see what happened if libraries built information systems that used Wikidata QIDs as identifiers for entities, for example.

@cassandreces Really like the workshop approach. I've been lucky to work with Stacy Allison-Cassin on putting together a few different Wikidata workshops over the past few years. And generally have been a volunteer, mentor, speaker at local tech learning events.

@dbs sounds super interesting! Regarding libraries, I'm aware of a project at the german national library trying to implement Wikibase, and then many openGLAM initiatives pushing for using Wikidata...

@cassandreces Right! Barbara Fischer from the German National Library was a participant in the Wikibase workshop Stacy and I led at SWIB18 (

@dbs this is great, thanks for sharing!! I'm always interested in seeing how people teach Wikibase, will *definetely* take a look at the repo. I mentored someone from Wikimedia DE as part of Mozilla Open Leaders with this project: (Idk if she kept working on it but I like the idea)

@dbs another thing (sorry I'm very enthusiastic when I meet Wikibase people xD), a friend of mine is working at, which has a huge MediaWiki instance ongoing since forever (wiki only). He's interested in adding a 'Wikibase layer' or extension with an ontology useful for his project. I've only worked with new installations, do you know if it's possible to do this with already existing wikis?

@cassandreces To be honest, I've never tried that; always started with fresh Wikibase instances.

But as Appropedia seems to be a unilingual wiki, maybe Semantic MediaWiki might be a better fit?

@cassandreces That's a cool project! Can't believe I hadn't heard of it before--thank you (both for sharing it, and for mentoring)

@dbs you're welcome! The project is young but I feel it's *really* needed

@cassandreces I hope #openhardware becomes a thing. I work on estimating how much the climate has changed and would thus prefer the instrumentation not to change. Sometimes the instrumentation changes because companies no longer make the instrument. It it were open hardware another workshop could make the instrument.

@VictorVenema that sounds absolutely relatable to what 90% of scientists in GOSH experience, which instruments do you use? You could ask if someone has an open hardware approach for your instruments at

@cassandreces Thanks for the keyword GOSH.

Climatology is global and uses observations over decades. So I do not measure myself, but us data gathered by weather services over the decades to centuries.

I am on a committee to make a future climate station network that makes higher quality measurements than the current meteorological networks. The observations would still be made by weather services, but maybe GOSH could be one quality criterion.

@bgcarlisle thanks :) do you have any idea about

Found it by chance, guess it's a bot putting random toots in TW but I'd like to block it at least from doing so with mine :/

@cassandreces I'll look closer later tonight, but it might just be one guy's cross-poster?

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