IFLA has endorsed the WikiLibrary Manifesto, aimed at connecting libraries and Wikimedia projects such as Wikibase in order to promote the dissemination of knowledge in open formats, especially in linked open data networks.
Libraries and Wikimedia, two types of sister organizations, one aim: sharing information and knowledge
The heart of libraries’ mission is to enable all citizens to access information and knowledge in order to be able to build informed opinions and perspectives in their life.
This initiative, born of discussions and collaborations between libraries and Wikimedia Germany, is also the opportunity to continue these discussions between our structures.
The manifesto supports the application of the principles of FAIR (free, open, accessible, re-usable) data and proposes other principles such as:
Promoting free licenses for data and their software environment.
Shaping spaces where diverse communities thrive (community gardening).
Providing structured data based on FAIR data principles in order to be able to transparently transform data into information to create FAIR knowledge.
Promoting common core standards created consensually and collaboratively.
Providing open governance structures and embedding them into existing systems.
Dedicating resources to obtain user interfaces that are accessible to and user ‑ friendly for everybody who wants to contribute and actively care for data and knowledge.
Fostering data literacy in the digital transformation on the three stages: data, information and knowledge.
IFLA Endorses WikiLibrary Manifesto
Filed by June 15, 2021on