2019:Libraries/Strategic inclusion of library data on Wikidata – how one library’s decision to release their data keeps benefitting the Wikimedia community
|This is an Accepted submission for the Libraries space at Wikimania 2019.|
- This session is a lightning talk and will take place from 9:30 to 9:35 on Day 3 (August 18) in Alexievich (D416).
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Description[edit | edit source]
In this presentation, we will give an overview of the ongoing collaboration between Wikimedia Sverige and the National Library of Sweden, aimed at importing the library's data to Wikidata as well as maximizing their impact across the Wikimedia projects.
In the centre of this project are the datasets that the National Library released under an open license a couple years ago – the authority database and the Swedish National Bibliography, encompassing the entirety of books and other works published in Sweden. We have dipped our toes in including parts of these datasets in Wikidata, testing technical solutions with an eye on an ambitious goal – to one day see the entirety of the National Bibliography on Wikidata, easily accessible to the Wikimedia movement. This would be the first upload of this scale and a first step to WikiCite's moonshot scenario: Wikidata as the bibliographic commons. The collaboration has resulted in mutual benefits, as it gave the library staff an opportunity to ask questions and deepen their knowledge about Linked Open Data and the Wikimedia projects. The project became a stepping stone to discussions about how the library can become more involved in the open knowledge movement and provide more relevant solutions and resources for the Wikimedia community.
We are currently working on tools and workflows to engage with the library's data more deeply, exploring issues such as easier source citing in Wikipedia and synchronizing Wikidata with the library's database in order to ensure the data is current and of high quality. The project is still ongoing and we will share what has worked well and what problems we have encountered and what is next, hoping to inspire others with our example of a dialog-based partnership between a Wikimedia chapter and a national GLAM institution.
Supplementory material: Report from the project
Relationship to the theme[edit | edit source]
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
The project is an example of successful partnership (SDG 17) with the overarching goal to make knowledge resources more accessible, contributing to education (SDG 4) and bridging the gaps in access to reliable information (SDG 10).
Session outcomes[edit | edit source]
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
The participants will have learned about what a successful collaboration between a national library and a Wikimedia chapter can look like, with an emphasis on the importance of active dialog within a partnership.
They will have acquired up-to-date knowledge about Wikidata as a database of bibliographic data, with examples of how this data can be re-used to benefit other Wikimedia projects.
Session leader(s)[edit | edit source]
Alicia Fagerving (Wikimedia Sverige), alicia.fagervingwikimedia.se
Session type[edit | edit source]
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
Requirements[edit | edit source]
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: Any room with a projector. The Library Space room sounds good.
- Audience: No number limitation. Prerequisites: basic familiarity with Wikidata / WikiCite, or interest in LOD in library contexts
- Recording: Yes, appropriate for recording and sharing.
- Time requested: 30 minutes.