Help:How do I present a research project on FactGrid?

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FactGrid has been created with the specific aim to function as a research database between the Gemwan National Library's GND and Wikidata. We do explicitly encourage projects of "original research" on FactGrid and we do not impose any "criteria of notability" on our participants. Data you publish with us can be presented with original document references, i.e. without references to published articles, we actually prefer the original document reference; and if a research project should want the database to keep track on infant mortality we would not object the creation of thousands of items on children who all died before adulthood — no matter how much detail you can give to the entries.

In FactGrid, relevance means relevance in the specific research project that collects these data. It is at the same moment important that individual research projects act with the required transparency. Neighbouring projects should know why we are collecting and presenting these data. Researchers should stand with their names for the potentially weird astonishing collections of data.

Make your own research project visible in the FactGrid project area

The project area has its link in the left hand menu:

If you are running a bigger project on FactGrid, a project with more than one or two hundred Database Items organised around a specific question you should briefly advertise your project in the section so that other participants can understand what is going on. We will eventually add a menue on this area, but the present number of projects can still be handled on a single page.

Run your own project pages in the FactGrid project namespace

You are free to run your own project pages in the "project name space" on FactGrid. All these pages should have "FactGrid:" as the initialising string sequence in their page titles. The common header is needed to run specific searches on FactGrid that can separate project pages from Item pages for instance if that is of interest in a specific database search.

The "Gotha Illuminati Research Base" provides examples how a project can use the namespace to present sample searches, pages on the participants or on specific projects within the bigger scope.

Link your own "FactGrid Research Item" of your project to data objects

Wikibase instances are designed to meticulously keep track on all the edits made on the installation. All Items, Properties and text pages come with version histories (see the tab above) that that list the entire respective editing process chronologically with the names of the accounts — an important feature that allows you to say precisely when you published a specific statement on an object, but insufficient, when it comes to presenting your work in a publication or a report that addresses the funding institution.

We are therefore encouraging the creation of specific "FactGrid research statements" Item:Q11295 which participants can now use to present on database objects such as Item:Q2080 Letter Ernst II. Ludwig von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg to Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, Gotha, 1783-07-18" We are using Property:P131 "research projects that contributed to this data set" to link to these "FactGrid research statements" — in this case to:

Item:Q11305: "Hermann Schüttler / Reinhard Markner, research on the correspondence of the Illuminati order (1998-2007)."

The data set for this item is, as you can see, complex: It names the two authors, their project supervisor, the funding institution and articles and books published in the course of the project.

It is now possible to run a database query that will list all the data records to which the project has contributed — useful if you want to present this work to a funding institution or if you wonder how to quote the data set properly.

It is common practice on FactGrid that numerous projects contribute to a specific Item; simply add your "FactGrid Research Item" if you have added to a data set and want this to be known.

How to claim personal responsibility on a specific statement

You can make controversial statements on FactGrid and link your views to these statements without having published anything anywhere else on the specific question.

To do so use Property:P196 "reasoning" in the Reference section to link to an Item you create for the specific statement which you want to personally authorise.

You create this statement using Special:NewItem and give it a succinct title in which you will function as the author as in:

Item:Q24 Your Name, "The correct birth date of Geoffrey Chaucer" (FactGrid, 2020-04-06).

Having created the Item you substantiate it with the following statements:

  • Property:P2 "is a" " Item: Q22848 "FactGrid Thesis"
  • Property:P21 "author" — link here to the personal data record (or records if you are publishing this as a team) on FactGrid.
  • Property:P106 "date" — note here the current date with which you are creating the item.
  • Property:P99 "Thesis" — give here a short version of the thesis.

Once this is done, you can use the discussion page of the Ttem which you have just created to go into details. The page should give you space to explain your thesis in detail. You should in addition open a "discussion" section that can be used by others to share their views on the subject matter.