Challenges and Lessons from a Pilot Project: Christian Hymns in Wikidata
2021-10-30, 19:40–19:50 (UTC), Room 2

As part of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Wikidata Pilot, Wheaton College created and enhanced items related to Christian hymns, using one hymnal as the basis for a test data set for the substantial collection of hymnals in our library's special collections. Work has included modeling data for hymn texts, tunes, composers, and hymn writers; using Open Refine to reconcile data from Hymnary.org with Wikidata; and creating/enhancing Wikidata items that link to Hymnary and Library of Congress identifiers. Some data modeling difficulties have yet to be worked out.


What will the participants take away from this session?

A glimpse into data modeling challenges for a particular musical genre, a better understanding of how one smaller GLAM institution learned how to improve workflows as a project progressed, and a look at visualizations that identified gaps in global coverage of the data.

Language

English

Recording

Yes

Other links

Link to pilot project page: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_PCC_Wikidata_Pilot/Wheaton_College/Hymns

Link to notes

https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/WikidataCon2021-ChallengesandLessonsfromaPilot

Link to slides

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christian_Hymns_in_Wikidata_-_WikidataCon_Slides.pdf

Christa is an Associate Professor of Library Science and Resource Description Librarian at Wheaton College in Illinois. She has enjoyed experimenting with Wikidata since 2013.