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  • Wikidata and 21st Century Special Collections

Nadia Sophie Seiler Workshop Series

Wikidata and 21st Century Special Collections

Virtual Workshop, Wednesday, October 21 & Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Leveraging Wikidata practices to enhance access and discovery of special collections materials

As libraries move from a stage of experimentation with Linked Open Data to one of production, it is vital for the special collections community not to be left behind. Central to the library community’s Linked Open Data strategy is Wikidata, an open knowledge base supported by an active community of practitioners sharing a commitment to contribute to open culture.

By participating in the creation and enhancement of Wikidata items related to their unique materials, special collections institutions can leverage the benefits of linked data for access and discovery without any of the local infrastructure associated costs. Yet, it is fundamental to develop understanding and skill among library staff in order to participate fully in the linked data creation process.

The Ransom Center is pleased to host this Wiki Education virtual workshop that will introduce participants to Wikidata’s technical, procedural, and cultural practices through two collaborative sessions over the course of two weeks. No previous experience with Wikidata is necessary. Participants are expected to attend both sessions and encouraged to complete all course assignments.

  • Past Workshops

    Wikidata and 21st Century Special Collections
    October 21 & 28, 2020
    Leveraging Wikidata practices to enhance access and discovery of special collections materials.

    MarcEdit and 21st Century Special Collections
    August 26, 2019
    Remediation and enhancement of MARC data with focus on special collections description needs. Featuring: Terry Reese, developer of MarcEdit

Paloma Graciani Picardo
Metadata Librarian and
Head, Printed & Published Media
paloma.graciani@austin.utexas.edu