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Perspectives on Wikidata: a forum sponsored by the PCC Linked Data Advisory
Committee (LDAC)

12 November 2021, 1-2:30 EST

Please join us for a forum showcasing different perspectives on Wikidata in
libraries, with the goal of discussing the perceived benefits or
disadvantages of working with Wikidata in library metadata workflows.
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In August 2020, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) launched a new
pilot project to engage with the Wikidata platform and community. Over 70
institutions (including PCC members and nonmembers) have volunteered to
participate in the effort. The projects proposed by participating
institutions represent a range of interests and priorities. Join us for a
conversation with information professionals whose experience can help the
library community reflect on what it means to engage with Wikidata—as both
a structured data platform and a community of practice.

Our panelists are:


   Peggy Griesinger, Head of Metadata Initiatives at Notre Dame

   Darnelle Melvin, Special Collections and Archives Metadata Librarian at
   the University of Nevada Las Vegas

   Rob Sanderson, Director for Cultural Heritage Metadata at Yale University

   Meg Wacha, University Scholarly Communications Librarian at CUNY and
   President of Wikimedia NYC

Discussion will be moderated by Honor Moody, Metadata Creation Manager,
Harvard Library Information and Technical Services.

More about our speakers and moderator:

Peggy Griesinger is the head of the Metadata Initiatives Unit at the
University of Notre Dame's Hesburgh Libraries. Peggy and her team leverage
their combined expertise to describe and make accessible the Libraries'
resources. She is also the project lead for the Hesburgh Libraries' PCC
Wikidata Pilot project. Her research work has focused on sustainability and
competencies in digital preservation, as well as the application of
metadata in collaborative, cross-domain projects such as Notre Dame's
Marble project.

Darnelle Melvin is the Special Collections and Archives Metadata Librarian
and Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he is
responsible for managing metadata activities, remediation projects, and
metadata documentation. He is co-chair of the Core: Metadata Standards
Committee, project lead for UNLV's participation in the PCC Wikidata Pilot,
and project lead for UNLV's Digital Collections Wikimedian-in-Residence
Pilot. He is also co-author of Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian and
researches metadata and resource discovery in relation to digital
libraries, repository migrations, and data integration.

Honor Moody is a Metadata Creation Manager in the Harvard Library
Information and Technical Services unit and currently serves on the PCC
Standing Committee on Standards, as co-chair of the RBMS Bibliographic
Standards Committee, and as the RDA Examples Editor. Honor started editing
Wikidata after discovering that the Authority Toolkit would slurp and
format Wikidata descriptions for use in NACO name authority records,
participated in OCLC's Project Passage using a Wikibase instance, and is a
coordinator of the LD4 Wikibase Working Hour. A long time member of the
zine cataloging community, Honor is interested in how we can support
resource discovery while protecting the privacy and safety of resource
creators, especially as the library community exposes its data more broadly.

Rob Sanderson is Director for Cultural Heritage Metadata at Yale
University, and has been involved with linked data standards and cultural
heritage for 20 years with work in Archives, Libraries and Museums. He is
co-chair of the Linked Art working group in CIDOC, long-standing editor of
the IIIF suite of specifications, and has been co-chair in foundational W3C
standards including JSON-LD and Web Annotation. His emphasis is on the
usability and sustainability of cultural heritage knowledge, coining the
term LOUD - Linked Open Usable Data. He has previously had the roles of
Semantic Architect for the J. Paul Getty Trust, Standards Advocate at
Stanford University, Research Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory,
and Lecturer in Information Science at the University of Liverpool.

Meg Wacha advances equitable access to information and publishing systems
through their dual roles in libraries and the Wikimedia movement. During
the day, Meg leads open research initiatives as the University Scholarly
Communications Librarian at the City University of New York, a federated
institution of 25 colleges and 31 libraries serving the people of New York
City. On nights and weekends, Meg is an active Wikipedian and the President
of Wikimedia NYC, a volunteer-run non-profit that connects New Yorkers and
New York institutions with Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and the larger free
culture movement. They are a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt
School of Information, and serve on advisory boards for LIS Scholarship
Archive (LISSA), Wikimedia DC, CUNY Academic Commons, and International
Open Access Week.

Tim A. Thompson
Librarian for Applied Metadata Research
Yale University Library
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