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A systematic literature review on Wikidata

Marçal Mora-Cantallops (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Alcalá de Henares, Spain)
Salvador Sánchez-Alonso (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Alcalá de Henares, Spain)
Elena García-Barriocanal (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Alcalá de Henares, Spain)

Data Technologies and Applications

ISSN: 2514-9288

Article publication date: 20 August 2019

Issue publication date: 2 September 2019




The purpose of this paper is to review the current status of research on Wikidata and, in particular, of articles that either describe applications of Wikidata or provide empirical evidence, in order to uncover the topics of interest, the fields that are benefiting from its applications and which researchers and institutions are leading the work.


A systematic literature review is conducted to identify and review how Wikidata is being dealt with in academic research articles and the applications that are proposed. A rigorous and systematic process is implemented, aiming not only to summarize existing studies and research on the topic, but also to include an element of analytical criticism and a perspective on gaps and future research.


Despite Wikidata’s potential and the notable rise in research activity, the field is still in the early stages of study. Most research is published in conferences, highlighting such immaturity, and provides little empirical evidence of real use cases. Only a few disciplines currently benefit from Wikidata’s applications and do so with a significant gap between research and practice. Studies are dominated by European researchers, mirroring Wikidata’s content distribution and limiting its Worldwide applications.


The results collect and summarize existing Wikidata research articles published in the major international journals and conferences, delivering a meticulous summary of all the available empirical research on the topic which is representative of the state of the art at this time, complemented by a discussion of identified gaps and future work.



Mora-Cantallops, M., Sánchez-Alonso, S. and García-Barriocanal, E. (2019), "A systematic literature review on Wikidata", Data Technologies and Applications, Vol. 53 No. 3, pp. 250-268.



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