Sorting out industry classifications in Wikidata
10-30, 19:00–19:25 (UTC), Room 1

Statistical agencies are in need of reliable information with which they can assign industry classifications to businesses. Wikidata could provide this kind of information on a silver platter, if only industry classifications were implemented and used in a consistent manner. But that’s not the case presently. The International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) and various other regional industry classifications are implemented in Wikidata, but their respective properties are modelled differently and used inconsistently. This session will examine current models and will attempt to build consensus on the most efficient way to implement industry classifications in Wikidata, with consideration to research and statistical use cases.

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What will the participants take away from this session?

By the end of the session we should have achieved some degree of consensus on best practices for implementing and stating industry classifications in Wikidata. I anticipate we will identify a few action items for editing industry classification properties and documenting usage instructions.





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Frédéric Julien works in the performing arts as an administrator, a researcher and an activist. He currently holds the position of Director of Research and Development at the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA). Since 2018, he leads the Linked Digital Future Initiative, which deploys a range of activities fosters a data-centric transformation digital transformation in the performing arts. Wikidata is an essential tool in this transformation.

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