• The Future is Wiki: National Libraries’ Wikidata Projects and the Culture of Connection

    Leah Perry (see profile)
    Digital libraries, Wikipedia, Semantic Web, Natural language processing (Computer science), Metadata, Human-computer interaction, Open access publishing
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    Cataloging, Wikidata, Natural language processing, User experience, Open access
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    Libraries and information services have long since been champions of equitable access to information. As the popularity of open access grows, the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector investigates how to further develop their service and enrich their collections through knowledge collaboration. With the increased production of information, diverse range of publishable formats, and the world’s perpetual digitisation, information services aim to utilise the varied information available through semantic linking, centralising institutions’ disparate, but complementary, information. This is being implemented in national libraries across the world with the adoption of Wikidata. This online database can act as an integrated information cache, connecting institutions and creating relationships between their collections. This essay will begin by examining what Wikidata is and what benefits it can reap for information services. It will detail specific applications of Wikidata including authority control, enriching metadata, interface accessibility and user experience, through projects at Library of Congress, The National Library of Wales, and The National Library of The Netherlands. There will be overlap between concepts and practices, as they share the same focus and outcome of sharing previously siloed information to an open-access, collaborative, centralised space to enrich collections and foster ease of interoperability between institutions. The essay will conclude with reviewing how Wikidata and a subsequent culture of connection has and will continue to shape the future of the library.
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