Transforming Library Data to Wikidata in the Linked Data Environment

Primary author: Lihong Zhu

Primary college/unit: Libraries
Campus: Pullman


Wikidata is a free, collaborative, multilingual database that collects structured data to provide support for Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, the other wikis of the Wikimedia movement, and to anyone in the world. ( Wikidata is not only a free collaborative knowledge base that is evolving with its community members and their needs; it is also a central place where data created by people from different cultures and languages can coexist. This study focused on three research questions: (1) What makes the Wikidata data model special in the linked data environment? (2) Why should libraries get involved with Wikidata? (3) What are issues and trends in transforming library data to Wikidata?