An increasing number of GLAM organizations are releasing their collections through open access initiatives. There is a need to help support the dual task of mapping their open collections data to Wikidata, while also contributing and linking an object's associated multimedia to Wikimedia Commons.
This session will discuss the issues around the simultaneous donation of multimedia content to Commons and structured data to Wikidata. We will present practical tools and strategies around this task through the experiences of the presenters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museu Paulista of the University of São Paulo.
Some critical issues include:
Assisting cultural institutions to embrace open access licenses and practices
Creating a strategy for contributing a museum/archive's unique holdings to Wikidata
Mapping existing GLAM organization classification and depiction keywords to Wikidata items
Adapting quantitative metadata to Wikidata, such as dates, dimensions and coordinates
Fixing large-scale ontology problems on Wikidata
Uploading large image sets efficiently and in a Wikimedia community-friendly way
Working with GLAM institutions on determining the impact of their contributions
While this session is data-focused and will discuss techniques and APIs for interacting with the Wikidata and Commons, it is meant to be approachable by ordinary users and non-programmers. Tools to be covered include GLAM Wiki Toolset (GWT), Pattypan, Mix-n-Match, OpenRefine, GLAMpipe, Wikidata Distributed Game, TABernacle, spreadsheet utilities, PAWS (Python notebook), and various Python code tools for working with MediaWiki and Wikibase.
This is meant to be a participatory and interactive session, so a portion of the time will be dedicated to hearing from attendees about their experiences and needs. We welcome other collaborators to get in touch with their case studies and examples.
Giovanna Fontenelle - From 2018-2019, Giovanna was the Wikipedian in residence at Museu do Ipiranga, supported by NeuroMat in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Andrew Lih - Starting with a research project in 2018, Andrew has been the Wikimedia strategist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is the author of the Wikipedia Revolution (2009) and does Wikidata training with GLAM institutions.
Effie Kapsalis - Senior Digital Program Officer, Smithsonian Institution.
Kelly Doyle - Open Knowledge Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution. From 2015-2018, Kelly was the Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity at West Virginia University Libraries.
Partnerships (SDG 9, 17) with GLAM institutions around the world are the best way to reduce inequality and access to knowledge (SDG 4, 5, 10) that currently exist not only in the world, but within our own movement.
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