Photo by Dr. Marcus Gossler, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Last year, the blog highlighted the amazing and powerful ways in which galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) connect their cultural heritage collections with the world through Wikidata. Since then, the Wikidata community working on heritage materials has grown significantly—and the recent Wikidata Conference highlighted just how powerful and cross-disciplinary Wikidata is becoming, allowing for a number of different audiences to learn more about their data.

In the last couple months, I put together an exploration of different practices that GLAM’s are using enrich their collection systems, which store records about the objects in their collections. These technical innovations help make institutional collections rich, more dynamic and better connected with not only Wikimedia content but collections and research throughout the world. With Wikidata, collections and catalogues become more valuable than their original intention of the catalogers and collectors who described them, making heritage much easier to find and share. Quite simply: connecting collections with Wikidata makes them more useful for everyone!

Read the full length exploration on Medium.

Alex Stinson, Strategist, Community Engagement
Wikimedia Foundation