Submissions:2018/Archival finding aids in Wikidata? A GLAM discussion

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This submission is waitlisted for WikiConference North America 2018. It was not scheduled in the first round of scheduling, but may still be scheduled after further review, as slots open up, or as a pre-conference session.

Archival finding aids in Wikidata? A GLAM discussion
Theme (optional)
Relationship Building & Support + Inclusion & Diversity
Academic Peer Review option
Type of submission
Rachel Trent
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Affiliation(s) (optional)
George Washington University

What would it look like to put archival resource description (aka, finding aids) into Wikidata? Is Wikidata positioned to revolutionize the way GLAM institutions' "messiest" collections are described and cataloged--and expand the capacity for GLAMs to incorporate researcher/community knowledge? Or . . . not? Join this workshop for a quick presentation followed by group discussion.

For those outside of archives, the finding aid can be a mystifying tool. Born in a pre-computing era, finding aids were originally developed as printed and bound documents to help researchers understand what might be found within boxes of heterogeneous, hierarchically-organized materials, and also to convey historical/biographical information about entities most closely related to collections. Although finding aids have been re-imagined numerous times as the nature of collections and technology has evolved, they continue to be a niche mode of description, which feel at times like fitting a square peg into a round hole--especially when it comes to born-digital archives.

Join us to think about how finding aids might be translated into Wikidata, or how archival description at large might be re-considered in Wikidata context. Come if you have ideas, come if you don't have ideas, come if you're curious, come if you know Wikidata but don't know finding aids (or vice versa), come to find potential partners for projects.

Length of presentation
45 minute workshop
Special requests

presentation screen + computer hookup

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