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Wikidata and Archival Metadata : opportunities and challenges for heritage institutions[edit]


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Wikidata and Archival Metadata : opportunities and challenges for heritage institutions


Baptiste de Coulon (le lieu imaginaire)


Baptiste de Coulon is an archivist and information manager in Switzerland. He works at his own company called « le lieu imaginaire » and is at the same time employed by the Library of the University of Lausanne as metadata manager in the Manuscript's Department. He has been conducting many projects for heritage institutions and societies for over ten years. He is involved in introducing a large use of the Wikimedia platforms in the daily job of the patrimonial institution's professionals.


The knowledge base Wikidata is a collaboratively edited online centralised repository, the use of which is free. The data are structured according to Resource Description Framework (RDF) specifications and published under the CC0 free licence. Wikidata do not store original information, all statements (entity–attribute–value) must have references. From our point of view, Wikidata will be the next key tool for heritage institution's professionals, if it is not already. We see three main uses : find information, clean and link autorities, give visibility to their collections.

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