Saturday, June 22, 2019

Bulk uploads linked to @ORCID_Org and others, then what

Bulk uploads to @Wikidata happen all the time, for instance the latest medical publications. They result in links to existing scholars and new authors. The question: "then what" was raised on Twitter and in the question was the assumption of a quantitative reply.

When such data is imported in Wikidata it does not fall into a vacuum. Many notable scientists are already known because they have a Wikipedia article and because they are linked to "authorities" like ORCiD, VIAF, Google Scholar and many others. The result is a "Scholia" for a scholar and it includes all the known papers, the co-authors, dates of awards. This is one example of a scholar without a Wikipedia article.

Scholia is a very important tool as it enables more work on scholars. The display of co-authors for instance show their gender. Orange for women, blue for men and white when it is not known. Many people are involved in "Women in Red" writing new articles about lady scientists. On the project page of Women in Red you will find lists that are the result of queries run on Wikidata. This is why adding gender info is so important. Notability may be inferred from the awards people received, notability gains relevance when it does not stand alone. This is why a link to "authorities" establish the necessary notability for a Wikipedia article. Objectively this is best presented in a Scholia like the example of Elizabeth Barrett-Connor.

When attention is given to a scholar like Mrs Barrett-Conor, arguably the "ungendered" scholars are relatively new to Wikidata and typically incomplete. There is a tool for that; SourceMD adds missing papers and links to existing papers. It also adds links to known authors and adds missing authors. The effect is a network of information that is increasingly rich. Arguably this is a bulk upload in its own right but the origin is a different one.

Presentations on topics like awards, organisations, topics and much more are available from the Scholia tool. In such a presentation it shows what we have and given that Wikidata is a wiki, there is more to know. Award winners may be enriched with authority information, they may be linked to papers. Frequent publishers to a topic may have co-authors that could do with some TLC.

In answer to the original question; bulk uploads invite additional work, the data is enriched and becomes increasingly relevant.

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