Wikimedia projects - and especially Wikidata - were prominent topics during the conference. Ben Vershbow and Sandra Fauconnier (Wikimedia Foundation), Jens Ohlig (Wikimedia Deutschland), Liam Wyatt (Europeana) and Jason Evans (National Library of Wales) actively attended EuropeanaTech. One day before the conference, Europeana hosted a well-attended Wikidata workshop day at its own office, which was fully booked with 50 registered participants from European libraries, archives and museums. During the main conference, Ben held a keynote speech (video on YouTube), Jason Evans talked about NLW's work with Wikidata (slideshow on Slideshare), and Sandra presented Structured Data on Commons (slides on Commons). Apart from those presentations there was also a panel about Wikidata as authority data, moderated by Liam, and a panel that included Wikidata's multilingual aspects. Additionally, Wikidata was also mentioned a lot throughout other people's presentations; quite a few attendees already use Wikidata actively in their own projects. In conversations during breaks and meals, we also heard a lot of interest.
Some of the main themes throughout the conference were:
Linked Open Data (LOD) in the cultural sector: how it's maturing, finally being concretely applied in the sector, and how LOD can become more usable altogether;
Decentralization, reflecting the desire from cultural institutions to maintain and take responsibility for their own data repositories and to interconnect these through LOD in an ecosystem that does not solely rely on centralized hubs.
Ongoing: On 24 May, there was a significant outage affecting Wikidata and sister projects that use Wikidata. As a result, some features of are temporarily disabled: Wikidata's property suggester, Lua modules and parser functions calling by label instead of ID, search for the ArticlePlaceholder. We apologize for the inconvenience, we're working to get them back as soon as possible. For technical details, see: phab:T195520 & Incident documentation/20180524-wikidata.