May 24, 2022

Conference Paper: “Art History on Wikipedia, a Macroscopic Observation”

The following full text conference paper was made available today via arXiv.


Art History on Wikipedia, a Macroscopic Observation


Doron Goldfarb
Vienna University of Technology

Max Arends
Vienna University of Technology

Josef Froschauer
Vienna University of Technology

Dieter Merkl
Vienna University of Technology


via arXiv (Full Text)
The paper is also published in the Proceedings of the 3rd Annual ACM Web Science Conference. ACM, New York, NY, USA. pp. 163 – 168.

WebSci 2012 took plance on June 22–24, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois.


How are articles about art historical actors interlinked within Wikipedia? Lead by this question, we seek an overview on the link structure of a domain specific subset of Wikipedia articles. We use an established domain-specific person name authority, the Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN), in order to externally identify relevant actors. Besides containing consistent biographical person data, this database also provides associative relationships between its person records, serving as a reference link structure for comparison. As a first step, we use mappings between the ULAN and English Dbpedia provided by the Virtual Internet Authority File (VIAF). This way, we are able to identify 18,002 relevant person articles. Examining the link structure between these resources reveals interesting insight about the high level structure of art historical knowledge as it is represented on Wikipedia.

Direct to Full Text Paper (6 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.