Linking the Art in the Christian Tradition (ACT) database to Wikidata
10-30, 21:00–21:25 (UTC), Room 2

The Vanderbilt University Divinity School maintains a database of over 6000 images of art that represent the practice of Christianity over the period of its existence. This database provides images for the popular Revised Common Lectionary website, but also is a resource for scholars, students, and religious educators. Our team of librarians is working towards making these images more discoverable by eventually linking to or creating Wikidata items for all of the artworks in the database as well as linking those items to openly licensed images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. We will discuss the challenges we have faced so far in our work and our plans for future stages of the project.

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What will the participants take away from this session?

The participants will learn about how we resolved problems we faced when linking works to existing items. We will also share what we've learned about acquiring metadata from Commons to aid in the disambiguation process and to acquire metadata for creating new items.





Other links

ACT WikiProject:

ACT website:

Revised Common Lectionary website:

I have been interested in Linked Data for over 10 years and have been serious about contributing to Wikidata for the past several years. Currently I'm working on several GLAM Wikidata projects and have been involved in a Wikicite project ( and biodiversity-related Wikidata efforts. I recently was a co-author of a paper about using tabular data to manage small Wikidata datasets: