Submissions:2021/Modeling NIOSH publications on Wikidata: a case study for beginners

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2021.


Modeling NIOSH publications on Wikidata: a case study for beginners


Global & Local, Depth & Breadth for Newer Editors

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This presentation will describe NIOSH’s ongoing efforts to create and maintain Wikidata items describing NIOSH publications, mainly through importing data from the NIOSHTIC-2 bibliographic database. These efforts will be presented as a case study accessible to Wikidata beginners who want to learn how to import bibliographic data into Wikidata, while also generating feedback from experienced contributors.

NIOSH is the U.S. federal research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health. NIOSHTIC-2 is NIOSH’s official publication database, which includes both publications authored by NIOSH staff and by individual and institutional grantees funded by NIOSH. It also includes historical publications of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, whose research programs were absorbed by NIOSH in 1996. While many of the publications are journal articles and thus overlap with other efforts to import data from, e.g., PubMed, many of the publications are self-published and do not occur in other databases that are routinely imported.

The presentation will cover topics such as matching database fields to Wikidata properties, processing field values into Wikidata formats, and the overall workflow for importing and improving data, including tools used as part of the process.

More information is available at d:Wikidata:NIOSH

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Author name:

John P. Sadowski

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John P. Sadowski (NIOSH)

Affiliated organization(s):

U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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