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.
- 1 Data sets from this activity
- 2 Other data sets
- 3 Events
- 4 Advocacy
- 5 Similar work elsewhere
- 6 Monthly progress
Data sets from this activity
Eastern Art of the Ashmolean Museum (Q636400)
- 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)
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.
See also User:MartinPoulter/queries/botany
Manuscripts and paintings in the Bodleian Library (Q82133)
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.
Art works in the Pitt Rivers Museum (Q1456119)
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.
Other data sets
Some data sets were added to Wikidata as part of the placement funded by the university's IT Innovation Fund.
- Oxford doctoral theses imported from Oxford Research Archive 3,239 as of the end of 2017
- Early Modern Letters Online: 5,241 person identifiers and 2,999 location identifiers in Wikidata as of the end of May 2018. See User:MartinPoulter/queries#Early_Modern_Letters_Online
- Electronic Enlightenment person identifiers: 3,317 in Wikidata from an import in 2017. See User:MartinPoulter/queries/ee#Maps
- The 18th century poetry archive have shared a data set, but I've not yet had time to add this to Wikidata.
- The Beazley Archive Pottery Database (BAPD) have shared a data set of around 100,000 items, not all of which are suitable for Wikidata. This needs a chunk of time to be worked through and reconciled.
- "Wikidata at Oxford": presentation in webinar for OCLC Wikimedia Interest Group, 26 November 2018
- "Astrolabe Explorer- the power of Wikidata to explore collections": presentation (with Silke Ackermann) at the university's GLAM Digital Showcase, 21 November 2018
- "Wikidata: Knowledge Representation the Easy Way": lecture at Digital Humanities Summer School, 5 July 2018
- "Wikidata, the Semantic Web and the Emerging Global Knowledge Base" 15-minute presentation at OER 18
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Detailed depictions with IIIF, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons", December 2018
- Lightning talk at GLAM Digital Showcase, "Astrolabe Explorer: the power of Wikidata to explore collections" (slides + audio), November 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Wikidata and GLAM catalogues: another round-up", October 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "A global collection of astrolabes in linked open data", August 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Wikidata and GLAM catalogues: a round-up", July 2018
- "The global knowledge base: open data about everything", TEDx, University of Bath
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Translating a blog post into structured data", May 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Some ways Wikidata can improve search and discovery", February 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "A Reconciliation Recipe for Wikidata", February 2018
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Semantic data and the stories we're not telling", November 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Reconciling database identifiers with Wikidata", October 2017
- Bodleian Digital Library blog: "Resource discovery and Wikidata", June 2017
- Oxford University Museums Partnership blog: "Wikidata: the new hub for cultural heritage", January 2017
Similar work elsewhere
- "Crotos is a search and display engine for visual artworks based on Wikidata and using Wikimedia Commons files."
- The Wikidata Scholar at the National Library of Wales was one of the inspirations for this project. The NLW has since shared data about 5,000 portraits: Wikidata has allowed them to disambiguate artists and to create multiple visualisations of the collection.
- The Flemish art museums Wikidata project is an example of combining catalogues from different GLAM institutions.
- The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) are using Wikidata to provide information about the artists in their database, drawing in text extracts from Wikipedia and links from the Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)
- The National Galleries of Scotland are similarly connecting their artist records with Wikidata, bringing in extracts from Wikipedia and ULAN.
- Dan Scott at Laurentian University library is integrating Wikidata with the library's cataloguing interface. See Stacy Allison-Cassin & Dan Scott's paper in The Code4Lib Journal.
- VIAF (the Virtual International Authority File) is importing Wikidata links and using Wikidata as a source for alternative names for people and organisations, especially from non-English sources.
- A consortium of US libraries is building a joint linked data system, reconciling their identifiers with Wikidata, and using Wikidata's software platform for their own system.
- Research commissioned by Europeana recommends that "The best datasets to use for name enrichment are VIAF and Wikidata". It reports Wikidata's strength as being its multilinguality, providing translations of labels. OCLC also report "We are merging descriptions of translated works with corresponding Wikidata descriptions to obtain the language and script of the original work, the source and target languages, and the names of translators."
- Karen Smith-Yoshimura at OCLC has written a short but great blog post with quotes from institutions including the Smithsonian and the British Library.
- Wikimedia Sweden is being funded by the National Library of Sweden for a project on "Strategic Inclusion of Library Data on Wikidata".
- Stanford University Libraries are advertising for a Wikimedian In Residence specifically to work on library data in Wikidata.
- Wikimedia Sweden, in partnership with UNESCO and Wikimedia Foundation, is running FindingGLAMs, a project to use Wikimedia platforms to build a shared database of global GLAMs and share data and images from their collections.
- The National Library of Portugal is automating the upload of catalogue data from its open data portal to Wikidata.
- 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!
- Report in "This Month in GLAM" for December 2018
- Report in "This Month in GLAM" for November 2018
- Report in "This Month in GLAM" for October 2018
- Report in "This Month in GLAM" for September 2018
- Report in "This Month in GLAM" for August 2018
- Report in "This Month in GLAM" for July 2018
- Report in "This Month in GLAM" for June 2018