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Creating Structured Linked Data to Generate Scholarly Profiles: A Pilot Project using Wikidata and Scholia


Mairelys Lemus-Rojas ,

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), US
About Mairelys
As the Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian, I am responsible for the strategic coordination and management of metadata for all IUPUI University Library digital collections. Some of my responsibilities include the assessment and application of metadata principles and practices, ensuring harmonization of metadata standards across collections in each platform, optimizing discoverability in internal and external discovery environments, investigating and implementing improvements to metadata workflows and procedures, identifying priority areas of Wikipedia and sister projects (e.g. Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, etc.) that could be enriched with resources and knowledge from library collections, as well as supporting the development of open knowledge by organizing and hosting Wikimedia related events. Prior to joining IUPUI, I worked as a Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at the University of Miami Libraries where I was mainly responsible for providing description and access to physical and digital resources for the Cuban Heritage Collection.
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Jere D. Odell

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), US
About Jere
As a scholarly communications librarian, I promote and support open access publishing practices at IUPUI. These include the IUPUI Open Access Policy, as well as the library's open access publishing fund, open journal system and institutional repository initiatives. In addition to advocating for new forms of scholarly communications, I provide education and consultation services relevant to authorship, metrics for impact, fair use and authors' rights. From January 2013 to August 2017, I also served as a subject liaison for the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Prior to joining University Library, I worked as an embedded librarian in the IU Center for Bioethics, where I managed a special collection of bioethics resources while collaborating on information ethics, research ethics, community engagement and health policy projects.
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INTRODUCTION Wikidata, a knowledge base for structured linked data, provides an open platform for curating scholarly communication data. Because all elements in a Wikidata entry are linked to defining elements and metadata, other web systems can harvest and display the data in meaningful ways. Thus, Wikidata has the capacity to serve as the data source for faculty profiles. Scholia is an example of how third-party tools can leverage the power of Wikidata to provide faculty profiles and bibliographic, data-driven visualizations. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM In this article, we share our methods for contributing to Wikidata and displaying the data with Scholia. We deployed these methods as part of a pilot project in which we contributed data about a small but unique school on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. NEXT STEPS Following the completion of our pilot project, we aim to find additional methods for contributing large data collections to Wikidata. Specifically, we seek to contribute scholarly communication data that the library already maintains in other systems. We are also facilitating Wikidata edit-a-thons to increase the library’s familiarity with the knowledge base and our capacity to contribute to the site.
How to Cite: Lemus-Rojas, M. and Odell, J.D., 2018. Creating Structured Linked Data to Generate Scholarly Profiles: A Pilot Project using Wikidata and Scholia. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 6(1), p.eP2272. DOI:
Published on 10 Dec 2018.
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