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Martin at the Bodleian Library

From November 2017 to July 2019, User:MartinPoulter is working on a project at the University of Oxford to 1) share data from the university's GLAMs and 2) use these data sets to build proof-of-concept applications to expose these data and provide new pathways into and across collections. This placement follows on from the year Martin spent working on various projects across the University, which in turn followed on from a year as Wikimedian In Residence at the Bodleian Libraries.

Martin has also been advising the Oxford Linked Open Data (OxLOD) project on using Wikidata to reconcile existing data sets.

The Wikidata project has an entry on the GLAM Search & Discovery site with more about the goals of the project.

Data sets from this activity[edit]

Ren Xiong, a Chinese artist whose work is represented in the Ashmolean

Eastern Art of the Ashmolean Museum (Q636400)[edit]

3,392 items as of end of May 2018. 24,939 statements (mean 7.4 per item) as of end of September 2018 (Recent Changes)

See also User:MartinPoulter/queries/collections#Ashmolean_Museum.

  • Collection Explorer is a Wikidata-driven application I've written to browse this data set, along with some items from the Bodleian, and other databases including the Oxford Research Archive and Early Modern Letters Online.

Artworks of the botanical illustrator Ferdinand Bauer (Q79012)[edit]

The intention is to connect this set of more than a thousand artworks with samples from the University's Herbaria and with records of the Sibthorp-Bauer expedition of 1786-88, connecting the works to places, dates and scientific data.

2,091 works as of the end of September 2018. 12,387 statements (mean 5.9 per item)

See also User:MartinPoulter/queries/botany

Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor depicted by items in both the Bodleian and the Ashmolean

Manuscripts and paintings in the Bodleian Library (Q82133)[edit]

This set is growing gradually as the Bodleian puts more complete digitised works online. This set builds on some items that were originally imported from Wikipedia.

220 items as of the end of August 2018; 2,127 statements (mean 9.7 each)

Art works in the Pitt Rivers Museum (Q1456119)[edit]

43 items added in June (drawings and lithographs); 294 statements

astrolabe (Q164992)[edit]

History of Science Museum (Q6941088) has shared some of its data about its collection of 164 astrolabes. In early September, it shared 164 images on Commons. Astrolabe Explorer is a proof-of-concept application I've created to browse data about astrolabes from multiple collections. 1574 statements (9.6 statements per item) as of the first week of September.

In November, Science Museum (Q674773) shared a data set of their 25 astrolabes which Martin added to Wikidata.

Other data sets[edit]

Some data sets were added to Wikidata as part of the placement funded by the university's IT Innovation Fund.



Similar work elsewhere[edit]

  • Somebody tweeted from a conference that the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France) have installed their own instance of Wikibase for bibliographic data. I'd love to hear more!

Monthly progress[edit]