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Submission no. L-0001
Title of your submission

Advancing social justice in the LAM, Wikipedia, and Wikidata communities through linked data in archival description: Modelling inclusive practices in librarian-scholar-community collaboration

Type of submission

Lightning talk

Author of the submission
Stacy Allison-Cassin: Smallison
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
York University, Association of Research Libraries
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

This talk is about a new project coming out of the Association of Research Libraries and led by York University. For archival and special collections, linked data holds great potential to surface complex and interesting relationships among people within and across different documents and collections. This project will model a collaborative and inclusive approach to creating linked data for special collections, focusing on diverse and underrepresented populations. Across the library, archive, and museum (LAM) community, a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice has surfaced attention to ​description​ as an area where bias and inequality are replicated or reified. In partnership with other ARL members, local communities members and the Wikimedia community, York University Libraries is creating a model process of community-librarian-scholar collaboration to create linked data in special collections with a focus on diversity and inclusion. To maximize exposure of linkable structured data, the inclusiveness of its creation, and its usability across the network, this project will collaborate within the Wikimedia community to use Wikidata as the global, openly licensed knowledgebase where the data can be deposited, queried and reused. Goals for the project include 1) stronger community participation and agency in archival description, 2) advancement of linked open data within the LAM community and alignment with social justice work, and 3) the creation of referenced structured data that can be used to connect reliable sources with topics to help justify “notability” in Wikipedia in order to redress a known diversity gap in Wikipedia’s coverage.” Updates will be forthcoming as the project rolls out.

What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will learn about the project and new modes of collaboration as well as approaches to thinking through issues of diversity and inclusion.
Theme of presentation
  • GLAM

Length of submission

All lightning talks are 5 minutes.

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of the largest research and university libraries in the US and Canada.
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