In 2015 it was news that in VIAF, Wikipedia was replaced by Wikidata. In quick succession it was recently announced that both the American Library of Congress and the German Deutsche National Bibliothek announced that they are linking to Wikidata.
That is awesome enough. Awesome because as a result, Wikidata is easier to link to VIAF as every entry of the LoC and DNB results in a VIAF registration. The only thing needed to make this a reality in Wikidata is a dedicated bot for us to know all the good work done in the US and Germany.
Another relevant improvement that is of particular relevance to scientists like linguists is that it is now possible to authorise the GND to automatically update the ORCiD record. It will be truly awesome when this is the example other authorities follow.
It is a small step for Viaf to include ORCiD as it links to other scientific publications. For librarians and library systems this is most relevant. For Wikidata it will help with disambiguation and it allows us to populate our information with even more papers and co-authors.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
members of the Global Young Academy to Wikidata. This was requested on Twitter and I was asked to describe the process how they are added. With 100 members added, it is high time to take the time for this.
- First I check if the person already exists on Wikidata.
- Given the description on the GYA website, it is possible to find him or her.
- When I don't I add a new item for the person, I indicate that it is a "human" and add a gender based on what I think I see.
- Next I make this person a "member of" the "Global Youth Academy" and add the "start date" as specified on the website as a qualifier.
- I then check ORCiD for this person. When I do I either run the SourceMD process and at this time I add it to a list for later processing.
- This will eventually generate a well filled Scholia for those who have been processed.
- I also check Google Scholar and VIAF because "authorities" are important.
In this blog many of the pointers are for Matthew Levy, all edits are done in Wikidata itself.. This is the item for Mr Levy.