January 24, 2022

Journal Article: “Much More Than a Mere Technology: A Systematic Review of Wikidata in Libraries”

The article linked below was recently published by the The Journal of Academic Librarianship.


Much More Than a Mere Technology: A Systematic Review of Wikidata in Libraries


Karim Tharani
University of Saskatchewan


The Journal of Academic Librarianship
Volume 47, Issue 2, March 2021, 102326
DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2021.102326


Wikidata is gaining popularity in libraries as an open and collaborative global platform for sharing and exchanging library metadata. Based on a systematic review of the Library and Information Studies (LIS) literature, this study explores how and why Wikidata is being used in libraries as well as what are some of the benefits and barriers that have surfaced as a result of the early experimentation of Wikidata during its first decade of existence.

The review revealed that Wikidata in libraries is generally described as an open and reusable knowledgebase of structured data capable of linking local metadata with a network of global metadata. Libraries have started experimenting with Wikidata to improve the global reach and access of their unique and prominent collections and scholars. While Wikidata holds great potential to become the repository choice for authority data disambiguation and linking, its sustainable integration into library operations remains a challenge. Much more than a technology, Wikidata provides a way for librarians to embrace social justice and practice librarianship on a global scale for the public good.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.