Alex Stinson attended two regional conferences, to listen to and evaluate the needs of various GLAM communities that might use structured data.
The first was the Radio Preservation Task Force Conference, hosted by the Library of Congress. As part of the Alex was invited to give a workshop on Wikidata and GLAM, at the University of Maryland’s Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities -- with the help of the Smithsonian’s Effie Kapsalis and Wikimedia D.C.’s Andrew Lih, we discussed the role of open. Videos of the workshop can be found at: Part 1 and Part 2 and workshop outlines can be found at wikidata:Wikidata:Events/MITH Workshop. Alex attended the rest of the conference that included a rich mix of archivists, hobbyists, public radio organizations, librarians and other communities interested in researching radio
The next week, Alex attended the Museums Computing Network Conference, and a aatellite event on representing Provenance in Structured Data. At both events, Alex talked to Museum technologists, including representatives of the Getty, Smithsonian, British Museum, Yale Center for British art, and a number of folks who work on or with other kinds of metadata and or
As part of the event, Alex found a number of clear trends in the conversations he had with each of the communities:
Museums have a lot of vocabularies that the use or rely on internally within the sector, but not many of the institutional staff feel like their software supports using those vocabularies in linked-open-data contexts.
Archives (at least in the Radio Preservation Context) have much more complexity in creating vocabularies and are constantly needing to revisit standard vocabularies. Wikidata could fill that gap.
Crosswalking between major vocabularies is very appealing to institutional staff in multiple contexts -- Wikidata could serve that purpose.
Case studies campaign
As we announced last month, the WMF Programs team is collecting more case studies as part of the Programs Case Studies Campaign in an attempt to demonstrate the range of different projects that community members experiment with over the course of their activities. Please submit case studies through January 8, 2017 . We will be highlighting new case studies in communications materials created in the next year!
See this page for more information about submission criteria and the selection process.