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Linked Data Users Group

Linked Data for Libraries Users Group (LDUG)

Spring 2022 Wikidata Edit-A-Thon: Indiana and Michigan Book Awards


Opening event: Monday, April 25, 2022, 2-3:30pm Eastern (1-2:30pm Central), via Zoom - recording linknew-window-icon.png

Closing event: Monday, April 29, 2022, 2-3pm Eastern (1-2pm Central), via Zoom - recording linknew-window-icon.png

Join MCLS's Linked Data Users Group for a virtual exploration of Wikidata and the award-winning books from and about Indiana and Michigan. Join us for five days of Wikidata editing, no prior experience necessary! Project staff will provide you with everything you need to generate new Wikidata entities.

The subjects of this project are the recipients of the top literary awards for the states of Indiana and Michigan. Indiana Authors Awardsnew-window-icon.png were established in 2009 and in 2019 joined with Indiana Humanities to continue the award on a biennial basis, honoring books written by Hoosier authors in multiple categories. The Library of Michigan selects up to 20 of the previous year’s most notable titles to be Michigan Notable Booksnew-window-icon.png. The program dates back to 1991 and represents a wealth of books about Michigan and by Michigan authors.  The project’s goal is to ensure these books, their authors, and their awards are represented in the Wikidata repository.

No previous Wikidata experience required, but you will need a Wikidata account to participate (Create Wikidata Account). This edit-a-thon will take place April 25-29. An opening event on the 25th will include an introduction to editing Wikidata. A closing event on the 29th will review and celebrate our first edit-a-thon! These events are free to all and will take place via Zoom; please register in advance. Join for either event and edit during the week as much as you’d like.

Registration Process:
1.     Create an account on Wikidata.org: Create Account

2.     Register for the Opening or Closing events on Zoom.

3.     Complete these three Wikidata Training Modules: Introduction to Wikidata; Databases and Linked Data; and Adding to Wikidata (recommended)

4.     Sign up for the Slack channel: Sign Up (optional) https://mclsldugwikidata.slack.com

We will provide: instructions, tools, data sources, and optional Slack chat. If you have questions, please contact LDUG steering committee chair Marianne Swierenga, marianne.swierenga@wmich.edu. And if you're ready to join us, use the registration link to reserve your spot.

More event information and data sets:

Michigan and Indiana Book Awards Wikidata Edit-A-Thon Dashboard: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/MCLS_Linked_Data_Users_Group/Michigan_and_Indiana_Book_Awards



More information about LDUG:

As a result of a successful Linked Data Summit held in March 2017, MCLS facilitated the formation of a multi-state Linked Data for Libraries Users Group. The purpose of the group will be for libraries to discuss the latest developments in Linked Data for libraries, share experiences, explore new products, and raise awareness.

Steering Committee Members:

Marianne Swierenga, Western Michigan University, MI (Chair)
Julia Daniel Walkuski, Granite Solutions Groupe
Jennifer Liss, Indiana University, IN
Julia Palos, Ball State University, IN
Jaime Pitt, Indiana Wesleyan University, IN
Chris Wells, Genesee District Library, MI
Eric Smith, Mason County District Library, MI
Andrea Kappler, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, IN
Pam Swaidner, Indianapolis Public Library, IN

For questions, please contact:

Marianne Swierenga, Steering Committee Chair - marianne.swierenga@wmich.edu
Scott Garrison, MCLS - garrisons@mcls.org

Looking for resources or more information about linked data? Check out this list of resources from the steering committee.


Recordings of past meetings:

Oct. 28, 2021 All-Users Group Meeting:
The Making of Enslaved.org new-window-icon.png - Presentation by Seila Gonzalez Estrecha and Dean Rehberger, Matrix (the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University)

Oct. 15, 2020 All-Users Group Meeting:
Linked Data for the Perplexed Librarian: Q&A with the Authors new-window-icon.png - Discussion with Cory Lampert, Darnelle Melvin, and Anne Washington

Nov. 13, 2019 All-Users Group Meeting:  
Download a recording: LD Users Group Meeting 11-13-19.mp4
Linked Data Models and Their Implications for Search pdf-icon.png - Presentation by Stephen Hearn, University of Minnesota
Linked Data In Inspire pdf-icon.png - Presentation by Maurine McCourry, Hillsdale College
Making the Future Happen With MARCEdit pdf-icon.png - Presentation by Robin Fay

Nov. 7, 2018 All-Users Group Meeting:
Download a recording: LD Users Group Meeting 11-7-18.mp4
Slides from Andrew Weidner's "Planting Cedar" presentation new-window-icon.png

May 2, 2018 All-Users Group Meeting:
Semantic Web, Authority Control, and You pdf-icon.png - Presentation by Jennifer Liss, Indiana University
Library.Link Network Update from Zepheira pdf-icon.png - Presentation by Jeff Penka, Zepheira, LLC
Q&A Recording: LDUG_Meeting_Recording_05022018.mp4
Meeting Chat pdf-icon.png

Download a recording of 10/4/17 Users Group meeting: LD Users Group meeting 1 - 10-4-17.mp4


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