ARL White Paper on Wikidata Opportunities and Recommendations
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"[Recommendations] For individual librarians: • Use and experiment with Wikidata, for example: • Contribute local name authorities to Wikidata, particularly for underrepresented creators and organizations. • Add institutional holdings to existing Wikidata items using the “archives at”13 property.14 • Create items for faculty in an institution. • Explore and experiment with Wikidata editing tools such as Mix’n’match, batch uploading, and database dumps.15 • Create a “hub of hubs” for authority controls, metadata vocabularies, and other data sources, to facilitate the connection between existing external metadata sources and Wikidata. • Get involved in the greater Wikimedia community by holding edit-a-thons and workshops, participating in discussions on email lists and in social media channels, and by joining the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group.16 • Advocate within your research communities and organizations for open, compatible licensing of data sets so that they can be incorporated into Wikidata.17 ...
[Recommendations] For library leadership and organizations: • Give staff time to experiment and contribute to Wikidata, including by determining tasks that can be added to existing positions and workflows, or incorporating Wikidata participation into existing incentive and reward structures. • Expand capacity with Wikimedians in Residence or fellowships. • Inform and advocate with your patrons/scholars/research community to use LOD for their research projects that involve data/data sets. • Make data sets and scholarship from existing institutional projects visible on Wikidata as part of a global network of knowledge. Large-scale cooperative projects like Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC),18 and VIAF, the Virtual International Authority File,19 for example, have added identifiers to Wikidata. • Provide linked data support to researchers, academics, and other patrons wishing to expand the context of their own research and data or to develop web applications representing knowledge from their field. • Engage scholars and communities working in underrepresented knowledge areas to help extend existing sets of knowledge in Wikidata. • Explore and advocate for the use of Wikidata identifiers (“Q IDs”) or equivalent uniform resource identifiers (URIs) in library and archival systems, repositories, and platforms. • Consider the use of Wikibase as a LOD store for local identifiers and authority-like data...."