Systematic Review Automation driven by Wikidata
2021-10-31, 12:40–13:00 (UTC), Room 2

Nowadays, systematic reviews have become a major piece of scientific information providing a snapshot about the multiple insights of a given research topic. The creation and revision of such scholarly publications requires the analysis and synthesis of various research papers according to predefined guidelines. Doing this manually is an exhausting and time-consuming task. That is why the creation of computer systems to automate systematic reviews can be very useful to let the development of such an output easier. Here, Wikidata as a semantic resource can be efficient in enhancing many tasks ranging from the formulation of search queries to identify relevant research evidences to the recognition of patterns for representing research findings. In this short presentation, I explain how I succeeded to develop several Python codes that efficiently automate systematic review creation tasks based on Wikidata statements and common libraries and I show how this can bring scholarly publishing to the next stage later.

What will the participants take away from this session?

Participants will learn about common libraries and services that can be used to parse Wikidata statements. As well, they will know about the usefulness of Wikidata for systematic review automation and consequently for driving real-life applications.





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Houcemeddine Turki is a long-term Wikimedian working since 2009 and contributing to Wikidata and sister projects. He is also an open science advocate promoting the use of Wikidata as a free resourceto develop real-life computer applications at a low cost from the perspective of science policy and scholarly research. As a Wikimedian, Houcemeddine has been among the first members of Wikimedia Tunisia User Group in 2014 serving as GLAM and Education Coordinator for the affiliate between 2018 and 2019 as the Vice-Chair of the group since 2019. Moreover, he has been involved as a member of the Programme Committee of the WikiIndaba Conference, the Premier African Conference of Wikimedia Community, in 2018 and 2019. Furthermore, he currently serves as a member of WikiIndaba Streering Committee, of Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee, and of Wikimedia Foundation Affiliation Committee. In real life, Houcemeddine is a medical student and a research assistant at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. He is affiliated to Data Engineering and Semantics Research Unit, a local research structure that focuses on the development of knowledge-based systems based on freely available computer resources.

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