Wikidata:WikiProject Archives Linked Data Interest Group

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The Archives and Linked Data Interest Group is composed of archivists, archives data specialists, and programmers/data experts exploring pragmatic approaches to publishing linked data.

Aim and Scope[edit]

The purpose of this WikiProject is to provide a place to draft and share resources and recommendations for using Wikidata as a platform to publish or enrich archival data.


The group includes committers to the ArchivesSpace (Q93439967) software project and has previously extended for archival organizations and materials. Based on international archival content standards, the group has developed a draft recommendation for creating and enhancing wikidata records about archival repositories, archival collections, and the people and organizations who created these collections.


The pages below link to more thorough documentation on the Tools page.

  • Use QuickStatements to perform batch creation and editing of records.
  • Use Cradle forms to quickly create individual records
  • Configure your Gadgets for easier addition of references, querying, and more.

Still needed: Documentation on using OpenRefine.


The following pages are recommendations created by the group for representing people, corporate bodies (organizations, etc.), archival items/collections, and repositories in Wikidata. These recommendations were developed from 2018-2020. The recommendations are grounded in archival content standards: Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Q5263780), ISAD(G) (Q1654544), International Standard Archival Authority Record (Q494240), and International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings (Q3146525).



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