IFLA Wikidata Working Group
The IFLA Wikidata Working Group was formed in late 2019 to explore and advocate for the use of and contribution to Wikidata by library and information professionals, the integration of Wikidata and Wikibase with library systems, and alignment of the Wikidata ontology with library metadata formats such as BIBFRAME, RDA, and MARC.
The 2016 IFLA White Paper “Opportunities for Academic and Research Libraries and Wikipedia” states: “The potential of Wikidata to draw linked data and linked data authorities together across the world’s languages and many different ontologies and taxonomies has enormous potential to support researchers around the world.” Many libraries are increasingly taking advantage of the power of Wikidata, however, the lack of international coordination and communication is impeding this potential.
The charge of the working group is to aid the international library community in organizing around the Wikidata platform to leverage advocacy work and to encourage best practices.
Last update: 2 July 2020