CNI: Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection?


CNI: Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection?

Merrilee Proffitt
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Sara Snyder
Smithsonian Institution

Project Briefing (Presentation)
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Fall 2012 Membership Meeting
December 10-11, 2012
Washington, DC

It used to be that if you wanted information or answers to questions, you went to a library. In an era of increased reliance on major network hubs, information seekers increasingly turn to the web for answers. Therefore it is vital that libraries and archives ensure that their collections, or information about their collections, are easily discoverable on the open web. As the 6th most accessed website globally, Wikipedia is a natural place for cultural heritage institutions to expose their collections. Wikipedia articles receive a lot of web love: they are highly ranked by search engines; snippets from pages are incorporated into Google’s Knowledge Graph, and are pulled in by services like Facebook, filling in missing content. How can libraries and archives mesh with Wikipedia? This presentations examines how OCLC Research, Smithsonian Institution, and others are connecting researchers to unique materials through Wikipedia; it highlights the special role library data can play in Wikipedia, examines how Wikipedia data may be useful to libraries and scholarly institutions, introduces Wikipedia’s GLAM-Wiki initiative, and includes discussion about ways that information professionals can work collaboratively with the World’s Largest Free Encyclopedia.

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