Daniele Metilli (they/them) is a Research Fellow at the Department of Information Studies of UCL, London, working on the Sloane Lab project. Daniele works at the intersection of knowledge representation, digital humanities, and collaborative online projects. They hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan, a Master’s Degree in Digital Humanities from the University of Pisa, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pisa. Over the years, they have been active in several Linked Data projects, including DanteSources, Hypermedia Dante Network, and Mingei. They have also been an administrator of the Wikidata and English Wikipedia projects.
In this presentation, we will explore the representation of gender in Wikidata, focusing in particular on non-binary gender identities. We will look at the way gender is currently modeled, at how it has been modeled in the past, an also at the user discussions that shaped the current status of gender representation. We will discuss the inclusion of non-binary gender identities in Wikidata, how it has evolved over time, and the issues that still persist.
Narratives are a fundamental way in which humans make sense of reality. A large general-purpose knowledge base such as Wikidata provides the means to build digital narratives about historical events, which can be useful for both research and educational purposes. In this presentation we will discuss the work that we have done, and the challenges that we have encountered, to extract narratives from Wikidata in the context of the Narratives in Digital Libraries project (https://dlnarratives.eu)