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Wikipedia, Libraries & ArchivesWhats the Connection?Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research@merrileeiam
• Highly ranked (#6 in global traffic via Alexa)• Ideologically aligned with library mission• Access to knowledge – for fr...
Why Wikipedia?
• Highly ranked (#6 in global traffic via Alexa)• Ideologically aligned with library mission• Access to knowledge – for fr...
http://webempires.org/wikirank/top/
• In order to collaborate, negotiate with… who?• Community of editors is• Distributed and virtual• Pulled in by heterogene...
GLAM-Wiki to the rescue!http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM
• An outgrowth of GLAM-Wiki collaboration• British Museum in 2010• Smithsonian Archives of American Art,Indianapolis Child...
•Disambiguation is important!•Wikipedia articles utilizeAuthority ControlVIAFbot - Purpose
• VIAFbot compares and merges those sourcesinto English Wikipedia• And now in WikidataVIAFbot - Purpose
• Downsides of WIR• There don’t seem to be enough of them• It can be sort of a crutch• So, why not embed ourselves in Wiki...
Thank you!Questions?Read about our work on our blogHangingTogether.orgThe end!
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  • talk about why Wikipedia is important to libraries (highly ranked, ideologically aligned)
  • talk about why Wikipedia is important to libraries (highly ranked, ideologically aligned)
  • talk about why Wikipedia is important to libraries (highly ranked, ideologically aligned)
  • Further challenges – library resources are pretty invisible, even to the earnest community of Wikipedia editors. Despite preference for free sources of information, it’s easy to link to free sites. Worldcat comes in at #81 on this list, Hathi Trust not even in top 100.
  • But there are challenges for working with such a dispersed, heterogeneous (in terms of interests) and virtual communitiesSarah will mention link spam challenges
  • Which is why we opted for a Wikipedian in residence, to help us communicate and identify opportunities
  • Whenever I talked to someone who was invovled with Wikipedia, it turned out that disambiguation, for names in particular, is really important. Just as it is for libraries. There was is a growing recognition of the importance of library name authorities, and some Wikipedia articles have started incorporating authority control into articles. Not surprisingly, the German language Wikipedia had already started to add in authority control, and xxx articles has name authority data. But the English language Wikipedia has only 4k articles with authority data (on perhaps 1m articles about people – kind of difficult to tell).
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    1. 1. Wikipedia, Libraries & ArchivesWhats the Connection?Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research@merrileeiam
    2. 2. • Highly ranked (#6 in global traffic via Alexa)• Ideologically aligned with library mission• Access to knowledge – for free• Shared appreciation of quality sourcesWhy Wikipedia?
    3. 3. Why Wikipedia?
    4. 4. • Highly ranked (#6 in global traffic via Alexa)• Ideologically aligned with library mission• Access to knowledge – for free• Shared appreciation of quality sourcesWhy Wikipedia?
    5. 5. http://webempires.org/wikirank/top/
    6. 6. • In order to collaborate, negotiate with… who?• Community of editors is• Distributed and virtual• Pulled in by heterogeneous interests• Culture of combating “link spam”Special challenges
    7. 7. GLAM-Wiki to the rescue!http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM
    8. 8. • An outgrowth of GLAM-Wiki collaboration• British Museum in 2010• Smithsonian Archives of American Art,Indianapolis Childrens Museum, NationalArchives (US), National Library of Israel, BritishLibrary…• OCLC joins the ranks in 2012A Wikipedian in Residence
    9. 9. •Disambiguation is important!•Wikipedia articles utilizeAuthority ControlVIAFbot - Purpose
    10. 10. • VIAFbot compares and merges those sourcesinto English Wikipedia• And now in WikidataVIAFbot - Purpose
    11. 11. • Downsides of WIR• There don’t seem to be enough of them• It can be sort of a crutch• So, why not embed ourselves in Wikipedia?• Community more welcoming than ever• They need our help• Our users are thereWikipedian in Residence vs.Librarian in Residence?
    12. 12. Thank you!Questions?Read about our work on our blogHangingTogether.orgThe end!
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