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2019:Libraries/Ideation sessions

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The Libraries space Ideation sessions will take place in three parts on August 18 (Sunday).
The sessions are split into three parts, as detailed in the following sections.

  • The seven sessions' leaders will pitch their ideas (5 min each) before the morning break.
  • The seven topics are divided into two groups; the first group (Part 2) will have four of the seven topics, and participants can choose one between them and will continue to brainstorm on the selected topic as guided by the facilitators.
    • The same pattern will be followed for the second group as well. This group will have three topics and takes place after lunch.
  • A participant can only choose one topic in a part (practically, you cannot be present at three different physical locations, so!)

For the overall program schedule of the Libraries space, please visit 2019:Libraries/Program.

Part 1: Idea pitches

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Timings: 10:40 am to 11:15 am
  • Topic 1: Adding Africa-related publications to Wikidata - a useful exercise?
  • Topic 2: Let’s Turn all the References Blue
  • Topic 3: Reaching Authors of Academic Journals about Open Access
  • Topic 4: Wikipedia's Role in Developing Metaliterate Citizens
  • Topic 5: Scholia: A web application for scholarly data
  • Topic 6: The Library Catalog as a Gateway to Wikidata Contributions
  • Topic 7: Wikipedia in libraries - How to train ALL librarians

Part 2

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Timings: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
By: Jos Damen and Ursula Oberst from African Studies Centre Leiden

Closing the knowledge gap in Africa is a common goal for both the global Wikimedia community and the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL). The ASCL is a knowledge institute that undertakes research and is involved in teaching about Africa. In 2018 the ASCL library has started to engage with Wikidata by uploading its African Studies Thesaurus (a structured vocabulary of more than 12500 English terms in the field of African studies) to Wikidata and by regularly adding Africa-related publications in the context of WikiCite. This interactive presentation consists of a 10 min use case presentation of how the ASCL contributes to WikiCite. The presenters share some lessons learned and some (unsolved) challenges the institute faces. Followed by interaction with the audience in which the presenters would like to invite the audience to share their experience with contributing to WikiCite (Slides presentation).

By: Mark Graham, Director, Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive

The integrity of claims made in Wikipedia articles is supported by citations and other references to published material. However much of those references cannot be easily accessed via links. Let us fix that problem by ensuring that every referenced resource is a click away. If fully implemented this project will help advance the SDG 4 "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."

By: Sam Klein, Federico Leva, and John Dove

More and more methods are emerging by which individuals and small teams can reach authors of important scholarly articles to encourage them to provide Open Access to their work. This ideation session will report on some best practices, such as: the project done in 2017 by Italian Wikipedians to reach out to 96K senior scholars of works cited in English Wikipedia that could have been shared but had not yet been; the "Open Letter(s) on Open Access" [#OALetters] in which a small team crafted open letters to authors of important works which were not yet shared. This project revealed how capabilities of the Open Access Button could be deployed by small teams to systematically message authors at scale; new features of the Open Access Button [#OAButton] have come out recently (and there are likely to be more by mid-Sept) which may add to the portfolio of tools/techniques available to this purpose. Attendees will be encouraged to come with their own examples (1 slide max) or to pose questions to the session.

By: Trudi Jacobson

The world needs more metaliterate citizens. Metaliterate citizens are participatory, actively engaging in community settings and social media, where they take responsibility for the information they produce and share. They are civic minded, acknowledging that individuals need to be responsible for the communities they design and build. Metaliterate citizens value openness, supporting transparent teaching and learning in communities and having empathy in social spaces to gain a deeper understanding of individuals and groups with different perspectives from their own. And they reflect on what they do and don't know and work toward filling gaps in knowledge.

Part 3

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Timings: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
By: Finn Årup Nielsen

Scholia is a web application with visualization of data about authors, articles, organizations, topics, etc. It uses the Wikidata Query Service to construct live updated webpages with data aggregated across Wikidata items. The idea of Scholia is to generate quick overviews to help researchers, librarians or other interested in a particular field.

By: Chicagohil, Wikimedian in Residence, Linked Data for Production Project

Libraries have begun integrating data from external sources like Wikidata with data in the library catalog, which is where library patrons search for and discover library resources. This external data can provide additional contextual information about people, places, and subjects that are not typically present in library data. When acknowledging Wikidata as the source of this additional information, libraries have the opportunity to invite patrons to contribute their own knowledge or research about a topic back into Wikidata. This will be a participatory session to brainstorm ideas for encouraging contributions to Wikidata via the library catalog.

By: Axel Pettersson (WMSE), Malin Klintholm, and Marika Alneng

Wikimedia Sverige, are running a project with all the libraries in Sweden, with the aim to introduce librarians to the Wikimedia world in a digital environment. To do this we are building a part of a digital platform where courses, lectures, tests, and other educational material is gathered, and we are going to train the trainers at libraries. Following a short introduction, we will use post-its, colored pens, huge sheets of paper and other creative tools to capture everything that we need as hard work continues during the fall.