May 18, 2022

Article: “Wikidata Projects in Times of COVID-19: IUPUI Libraries’ Engagement in Open Knowledge”

The following article was recently shared by the IUPUI (Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis).


Wikidata Projects in Times of COVID-19: IUPUI Libraries’ Engagement in Open Knowledge


Mairelys Lemus-Rojas
Open Knowledge Librarian, IUPUI University Library

Mirian Ramirez Rojas
Research Metrics Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library


InULA Notes 33(1)
Spring 2021


Wikidata provides a space of collaboration to create and modify open information for the public good. It can be a key tool for global public health promotion where universities and academic libraries can play an important role in advocating for the contribution and integration of data that promotes open public access to knowledge. In this paper, the authors share details of a collaboration among employees from two IUPUI (Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis) campus libraries who joined forces to work in three Wikidata projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors provide a short history of IUPUI University Library’s (UL) engagement in open knowledge initiatives, describe the projects and their experience working on them, and finalize with a discussion and next steps.

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