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Authority Addicts:
The New Frontier of Authority
Control on Wikidata
Virtual International Authority File
● A merged super authority file
● Algorithmically matching of entities
● First murmur...
Virtual International Authority File
● Originally between
● the Library of Congress (LC)
● the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek...
And now including
Sample record
Also with experimental imports
Wikipedia as Authority File
● Provides disambiguation of names
● With unique identifiers (URIs)
Wikidata as Super Authority File
● Since it connects many Authority Files
– Which are Wikipedias
Comparison
of Super
Authority
Files
by size
Matching VIAF and Wikipedia
● German manual efforts
– Matched PND and VIAF and others to de.wiki
– ~200,000 matches
● VIAF...
Merged and
migrated to
Wikidata
Disagreements
Quality Assurance
● In traditional AC inaccuracies could be reported.
– Wait and wait.
● Now, disagreement lead to investi...
And can view
differences in
content
Label and
Alias Fill
by bot
in 49
languages
The short term implications
● Can synchronize the differences
● Improve the quality of both files
● Improve the completene...
Longer term implication
● Coexistence of the two?
● Is it possible or desirable that Wikidata could
replace VIAF?
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  1. 1. Authority Addicts: The New Frontier of Authority Control on Wikidata
  2. 2. Virtual International Authority File ● A merged super authority file ● Algorithmically matching of entities ● First murmurs 1998
  3. 3. Virtual International Authority File ● Originally between ● the Library of Congress (LC) ● the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB) ● the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF) ● and OCLC
  4. 4. And now including
  5. 5. Sample record
  6. 6. Also with experimental imports
  7. 7. Wikipedia as Authority File ● Provides disambiguation of names ● With unique identifiers (URIs)
  8. 8. Wikidata as Super Authority File ● Since it connects many Authority Files – Which are Wikipedias
  9. 9. Comparison of Super Authority Files by size
  10. 10. Matching VIAF and Wikipedia ● German manual efforts – Matched PND and VIAF and others to de.wiki – ~200,000 matches ● VIAF algorithm – Matched VIAF to en.wiki – ~250,000 matches ● French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Japanese manual efforts
  11. 11. Merged and migrated to Wikidata
  12. 12. Disagreements
  13. 13. Quality Assurance ● In traditional AC inaccuracies could be reported. – Wait and wait. ● Now, disagreement lead to investigation – And direct resolution on Wikidata – This is a major benefit of Wikidata
  14. 14. And can view differences in content
  15. 15. Label and Alias Fill by bot in 49 languages
  16. 16. The short term implications ● Can synchronize the differences ● Improve the quality of both files ● Improve the completeness of both files
  17. 17. Longer term implication ● Coexistence of the two? ● Is it possible or desirable that Wikidata could replace VIAF?
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