I think this is a helpful example of how library bibliographic metadata could further enhance Wikidata. I would like to be able to see the metadata for each of the works created by these authors, but this data is not yet in Wikidata. Imagine what we could build for library users- or what library users could build themselves- if we could also provide bibliographic metadata from Wikidata!
Similar to Open Access Week, the purpose of the Love Your Data (LYD) campaign is to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. We will share practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices.
A video created by Wikimedia Deutschland und Simpleshow Foundation on the topic of adding references.
A video featuring Alex Stinson, GLAM-Wiki (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) Strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation, and Wiki-librarians Phoebe Ayers (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Kelly Doyle (Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity, West Virginia University Libraries), Merrilee Proffitt (OCLC Research), and Jessamyn West (Vermont librarian and technologist) discussing libraries and Wikipedia.
image credit: By OlafJanssen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The mission statement of the Computer History Museum is “to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the Information Age.”
The CHM has conducted hundreds of oral history interviews, transcribed them, and made them available from their website. This set of oral histories is very rich with information and I imagine that many people interested in the history of computing might like to read the transcripts of these oral histories.
I was curious to see what data about the people who have oral histories at the CHM might be in Wikidata. You might recognize this bubble chart from my post on 11/11/2016. Well there is a new bubble on the chart now!
I found many of the people who contributed oral histories to the CHM in Wikidata. For those who already had items in Wikidata, I added a link to the transcript of their oral history. Now we can ask questions about these people as a group.
Using the Wikidata Query Service, I wrote a few SPARQL queries to find out more about these pioneers of computing history.
The ability to ask questions about this group of people demonstrates the benefits of linked open data. With a few queries, we unearth all of the data that editors have been contributing about these people.
Create items for all of the people who have contributed an oral history who are not yet in Wikidata.
Create statements for all of these people to make their items more complete. Sourcing statements to these oral histories themselves will help us enrich the data.
Add links in Wikipedia to content from CHM since many humans read Wikipedia and fewer humans read Wikidata.