Wikidata:WikiProject Heritage institutions

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Data Structure




Data Sources


Use Cases


Tools & Tasks

Musée Ariana, Geneva
Library of Congress, Main Reading Room, Washington DC
National Archives, London

Aim and Scope[edit]

The aim of the present project is to create the world’s most complete high quality database of archives, museums, libraries and similar institutions. While the main focus is on institutions that have curatorial care of a collection which they safeguard for future generations, the scope of the project extends to related institutions, such as lending libraries, exhibition centres, zoos, and the like, to the extent that they are not covered by any other WikiProject.

The project more specifically serves to coordinate the following activities:

  • the creation of an inventory of all existing public databases that contain data about heritage institutions;
  • the implementation and maintenance of ontologies and multilingual thesauri relating to heritage institutions;
  • the ingestion of data about heritage institutions into Wikidata;
  • the enhancement and completion of such data;
  • the use of the data to create maintenance lists on Wikipedia;
  • the inclusion of the data into Wikipedia and its sister projects, such as in infoboxes or lists.


This project has been launched in 2016 as a corollary to the OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey – a survey administered among heritage institutions in various countries that relies on quasi-complete lists of heritage institutions in the countries covered. It has been further encouraged by the intention of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), voiced in late 2016, to create an international database of museums on the basis of Wikidata. There has been an earlier project, focusing on museums, that falls within the scope of the present project.

Ways to Contribute[edit]

There are several ways you can contribute to the project:

  • List databases containing data about heritage institutions on the Data Sources page. In case the databases are not publicly accessible, contact the data holder in order to encourage them to release the data to the public (under a CC-0 Waiver or equivalent).
  • Create Wikidata items for the databases about heritage institutions (= data sources for the data ingestion)
  • Clean existing Wikidata items so that they conform to the data modelling guidelines laid out in the Data Structure section.
  • Help improving the ontologies and multilingual thesauri (see Data Structure section) needed for the ingestion and proper representation of the data.
  • Ingest existing databases containing data about heritage institutions into Wikidata.
  • Tidy up the data after batch ingestion (tackle double entries, add “part of”, “has part” relationships, add information about “inception” and/or “dissolution” of institutions where required).
  • Help improving the quality and completeness of the data.
  • Add links to related projects on Wikipedia; draw their contributors' attention to this project page.
  • Develop and implement use cases for the data (e.g. by creating maintenance lists for Wikipedia, by including the data in infoboxes or lists on Wikipedia, etc.).
  • Help writing step-by-step guidelines for the various tasks.

See the "Current Tasks" for some ideas where to start!

Case Reports[edit]



Related WikiProjects[edit]

Related Projects on Wikidata[edit]

Related Projects on Wikipedia[edit]

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See Also[edit]

  • FindingGLAMs (project run by Wikimedia Sweden, Unsesco, and the Wikimedia Foundation)