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Relatori Firenze 2021

Barbara Fisher

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

The WikiLibrary Manifesto: una infrastruttura per i dati bibliografici

As digitization is speeding up, the need for a reliable retrieval is too. Libraries have long used authority files to enhance the search for information. Now, as the entire GLAM field is presenting more and more of its content online, national libraries face the requirement to provide authority data as reference points to a far more diverse community. The request is not limited to persistent identifiers but new records on non-librarian entities are needed. The German National Library aims to provide an open framework that allows collaboration on all levels: editing the records, defining the regulations and standards plus ease the data flow in both directions. To this end, the German National Library co-published the WikiLibrary Manifesto together with Wikimedia Deutschland. The institutions signing the manifesto shall cooperate to improve the building of a technical infrastructure that will ease knowledge equity through the FAIR Data Principles and the creation of a structured data ecosystem.

Originally trained as historian I am today a committed art manager bringing people together to enhance the impact of arts, culture, and heritage. I started my digital trail working in Wikimedia projects. Co-creating formats like the popular hackathon Coding da Vinci partnering GLAMs and Coders. Thus I am a 100% wikified: I endorse volunteer communities and free licenses fostering visibility of digital GLAM content. This is why I work as Liaison Counsel at the German National Library’s Agency for Standardization (DNB) to encourage cooperation and openness in the digital transformation. I am the head of the DFG-research project “GND for Cultural data” and the communication manager for “GND meets Wikibase”. On behalf of the DNB I initiated the WikiLibrary Manifesto. I work to increase the quality of metadata through Authority Control to foster retrieval and linked data. (May 2021).

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