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Wikidata for cultural heritage
Last month, the Wikidata for research proposal was presented as part of the Open Access report. It has been developed further throughout December and is due to be submitted to the EU on January 14.
The proposal brings together a consortium of 7 European institutions in order to integrate research workflows and data with Wikidata. The project consists of 5 workpackages (Coordination and management/ Semantic mapping/ Integrating research resources with Wikidata/ Enabling the use of Wikidata in research contexts/ Dissemination and stakeholder engagement), and one of the tasks in the fourth one is "Wikidata for cultural heritage", in which the partners – particularly Europeana and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin – plan to explore how Wikidata could be integrated with workflows at heritage institutions.
The consortium is building a network of Associate partners that are interested in exploring Wikidata-related activities. Like the proposal, the network has a strong GLAM component, with the libraries of the ETH in Zürich and of the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb being represented as well as the York Museum Trust. The network is intended to grow until and well beyond this submission deadline and to nurture discipline-specific or national/ regional follow-up projects in close collaboration with the dedicated WikiProject Wikidata for research.