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Perspectives on Wikidata: a forum sponsored by the PCC Linked Data Advisory Committee (LDAC)
12 November 2021, 1-2:30 EST<>
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Please join us for a forum showcasing different perspectives on Wikidata in libraries, with the goal of discussing the perceived benefits or disadvantages of working with Wikidata in library metadata workflows. Registration is open<>.

In August 2020, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) launched a new pilot project to engage with the Wikidata platform and community. Over 70 institutions (including PCC members and nonmembers) have volunteered to participate in the effort. The projects proposed by participating institutions represent a range of interests and priorities. Join us for a conversation with information professionals whose experience can help the library community reflect on what it means to engage with Wikidata-as both a structured data platform and a community of practice.

Our panelists are:

  *   Peggy Griesinger, Head of Metadata Initiatives at Notre Dame
  *   Darnelle Melvin, Special Collections and Archives Metadata Librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
  *   Rob Sanderson, Director for Cultural Heritage Metadata at Yale University
  *   Meg Wacha, University Scholarly Communications Librarian at CUNY and President of Wikimedia NYC

Discussion will be moderated by Honor Moody, Metadata Creation Manager, Harvard Library Information and Technical Services.

More about our speakers and moderator:

Peggy Griesinger is the head of the Metadata Initiatives Unit at the University of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Libraries. Peggy and her team leverage their combined expertise to describe and make accessible the Libraries' resources. She is also the project lead for the Hesburgh Libraries' PCC Wikidata Pilot project. Her research work has focused on sustainability and competencies in digital preservation, as well as the application of metadata in collaborative, cross-domain projects such as Notre Dame's Marble project.

Darnelle Melvin is the Special Collections and Archives Metadata Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he is responsible for managing metadata activities, remediation projects, and metadata documentation. He is co-chair of the Core: Metadata Standards Committee, project lead for UNLV's participation in the PCC Wikidata Pilot, and project lead for UNLV's Digital Collections Wikimedian-in-Residence Pilot. He is also co-author of Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian and researches metadata and resource discovery in relation to digital libraries, repository migrations, and data integration.

Honor Moody is a Metadata Creation Manager in the Harvard Library Information and Technical Services unit and currently serves on the PCC Standing Committee on Standards, as co-chair of the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee, and as the RDA Examples Editor. Honor started editing Wikidata after discovering that the Authority Toolkit would slurp and format Wikidata descriptions for use in NACO name authority records, participated in OCLC's Project Passage using a Wikibase instance, and is a coordinator of the LD4 Wikibase Working Hour. A long time member of the zine cataloging community, Honor is interested in how we can support resource discovery while protecting the privacy and safety of resource creators, especially as the library community exposes its data more broadly.

Rob Sanderson is Director for Cultural Heritage Metadata at Yale University, and has been involved with linked data standards and cultural heritage for 20 years with work in Archives, Libraries and Museums. He is co-chair of the Linked Art working group in CIDOC, long-standing editor of the IIIF suite of specifications, and has been co-chair in foundational W3C standards including JSON-LD and Web Annotation. His emphasis is on the usability and sustainability of cultural heritage knowledge, coining the term LOUD - Linked Open Usable Data. He has previously had the roles of Semantic Architect for the J. Paul Getty Trust, Standards Advocate at Stanford University, Research Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lecturer in Information Science at the University of Liverpool.

Meg Wacha advances equitable access to information and publishing systems through their dual roles in libraries and the Wikimedia movement. During the day, Meg leads open research initiatives as the University Scholarly Communications Librarian at the City University of New York, a federated institution of 25 colleges and 31 libraries serving the people of New York City. On nights and weekends, Meg is an active Wikipedian and the President of Wikimedia NYC, a volunteer-run non-profit that connects New Yorkers and New York institutions with Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and the larger free culture movement. They are a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt School of Information, and serve on advisory boards for LIS Scholarship Archive (LISSA), Wikimedia DC, CUNY Academic Commons, and International Open Access Week.

Paromita Biswas (she/her)
Continuing Resources Metadata Librarian
Resource Acquisitions & Metadata Services
UCLA Library
Los Angeles, CA | Gabrielino-Tongva Land
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