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The UCLA Library and Wikidata: A Pilot

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Since the fall of 2020, the UCLA Library has been participating in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s Wikidata Pilot, an initiative to explore contributing linked data to a free and public platform as well as incorporating linked data work and principles into current cataloging practices. This talk will introduce the linked data platform Wikidata and the benefits it provides, including opportunities to share siloed metadata with the public, serving as a hub of identifiers, and supporting multilingualism, among others. We will walk through current projects that the UCLA Pilot team is working on, and the lessons learned thus far. We hope that this talk will inspire our colleagues to think of other Wikidata projects and to spark new ideas and discussion about the potential of Wikidata in not just cataloging, but also broader research and scholarship.

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