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Research Report: Wikidata Use in Cultural Institutions


English: We talked to 16 users who worked at different cultural (“GLAM”) institutions to find out about “How and why do people in cultural institutions use Wikidata?” and thus learn more about participants’ motivations, activities and problems. We did the research from June 2019 - September 2019.

Our main insights about the motivations, activities and problems of our participants were:

  • Participants want to share data since they perceive their institutions and their context using more and more digital systems. They also see direct advantages of sharing data, like greater use of the institution’s data.
  • Participants are motivated by the plan to re-import improved data from Wikidata back into local databases. Participants called this a “roundtrip”
  • It is hard for participants to come up with data structures that represent their collections and match the requirements of Wikidata
  • What happens with imported data is hard to monitor. This makes it difficult for participants to spot new problems or improvements and to participate in the community
  • Currently, there are few ways to metricize engagement on Wikidata.
  • Many open data initiatives start with image imports to Wikimedia Commons and then transition (partly) to Wikidata (→ Intertwinement with Commons).
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Author Jan Dittrich, Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.


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