Wikidata

From “an” Identifier to “the” Identifier

  • Theo van Veen Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Abstract

Library catalogues may be connected to the linked data cloud through various types of thesauri. For name authority thesauri in particular I would like to suggest a fundamental break with the current distributed linked data paradigm: to make a transition from a multitude of different identifiers to using a single, universal identifier for all relevant named entities, in the form of the Wikidata identifier. Wikidata (https://wikidata.org) seems to be evolving into a major authority hub that is lowering barriers to access the web of data for everyone. Using the Wikidata identifier of notable entities as a common identifier for connecting resources has significant benefits compared to traversing the ever-growing linked data cloud. When the use of Wikidata reaches a critical mass, for some institutions, Wikidata could even serve as an authority control mechanism.

Author Biography

Theo van Veen, Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Research, researcher/advisor

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Published
2019-06-17
How to Cite
van Veen, T. (2019). Wikidata. Information Technology and Libraries, 38(2), 72-81. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v38i2.10886
Section
Communications