[S4.1] Collection Documentation Modeling Wikidata and CIDOC-CRM

Date: Tuesday,2 October
Time : 09:50 - 11:20
Duration : One session
Place: Phaedra
Audience Type : Open
Type: Panel Discussion

This panel will focus on two models to organize museum documentation to increase visibility and use of collections online. The panel will include a representative of Wikidata (the free collaborative knowledge base, a sister project of Wikipedia) to give a general explanation of the project and its mapping to international metadata standards. She will present Wikidata as multilingual knowledge base, and general database behind Wikipedia (and many projects relying on machine readable data). This will be followed by an academic speaker to present an overview of the use of museum content in Wikimedia projects, as main visible outcome of participating in Wikidata. Two museum representatives will present their experience in collaborating with Wikimedia and Wikidata. Aims of collaboration included to enrich the museum’s data, to tap into a key global hub of datasets available online, and to reach to as many people as possible. The panel will close with a proposal on how Wikidata can be mapped using CIDOC CRM to further facilitate harmonization of work and support the sustainable documentation of knowledge. Panelists have been working on a pilot to explore the possibility to map Wikidata using CRM. Results will be presented at the conference. This panel will rise a fundamental question: as digital online services, such as Uber and AirBnB, have totally disrupted their markets, can Wikimedia projects provide a new way to access information, including museum collections? The speakers will propose that a collaborative relation can be established in order to benefit from the strength of the online encyclopedia platform, the only non-profit website in the top 10 used websites worldwide, and its sister projects. By collaborating with Wikidata, CIDOC standards will be disseminated, and hopefully adopted, worldwide. In response to the topic of the conference, this panel will underline the importance of documenting the sources of information, following international standards, readable for humans and machines alike, to increase understanding of the transmission of heritage knowledge. By connecting authoritative data by museums in Wikidata, using CRM, the knowledge of the crowd may assist in the reconstruction, confirmation, illustration, enrichment, and valuation of museum collections. Particularly for lesser known museums, the high-profile platform can provide a stepping stone to become more visible and connected in the digital information economy.

Sandra Fauconnier
Wikimedia Foundation,
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Sandra Fauconnier is an art historian who has specialized in online and video projects in the cultural sector. She has worked on a variety of online archives and collections of smaller and larger cultural institutions, and was project lead for ARTtube, the video platform of museums in the Netherlands and Belgium. Sandra also volunteers on Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata) and she has been a Wikipedian in Residence twice.She currently works as Program Officer, GLAM and Structured Data, for the Wikimedia Foundation, around Wikimedia projects and structured data, and their potential for GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums).

Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass
Collections Data Manager, Yale Center for British Art, USA, USA
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Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass is the Collections Data Manager at the Yale Center for British Art, where she led the launch of the museum’s first online collections catalog, and is particularly interested in metadata interoperability issues, deep collaboration across libraries, archives and museums, open access, and the role of technology in cultural institutions. She has been a Board Member and the Communications Officer of CIDOC since 2013, and is currently co-chair of the LIDO Working Group. She is involved in several Linked Open Data projects such as the American Art Collaborative, Pharos The Consortium of Photo Archives, and the International Image Interoperability Framework. She previously worked at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Louvre Museum. She has a Master’s of Art History. She speaks English and French.

George Bruseker
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George Bruseker has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Athens (Greece). He has worked with major cultural heritage institutions in Europe and the Gulf in key information management roles, including the British School at Athens in Greece and Qatar Museums in Doha. He presently works as a researcher at the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) in the Centre for Cultural Information (CCI) of the Institute of Computer Science. CCI focuses on developing information systems for cultural heritage (CH) institutions. The subject of George’s research is information management, focussing on the development and application of formal ontologies for the generation of semantically encoded datasets. As part of this research, George is a member of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) Special Interest Group (SIG) which maintains and develops this ISO standard formal ontology for CH data. Currently, he is part of the Parthenos project, a European Union funded research infrastructure (RI) project to build cross-domain support for managing RI related information. A particular focus of his research is to understand and build sustainable systems for supporting the life cycle of information at an intra and inter institutional level, with a special interest in CH and humanities data.

Trilce Navarrete
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Trilce Navarrete teaches the application of economic theory to understand the arts and culture. Previously, she was Postdoc researcher at the University of Southern Denmark where she contributed to RICHES, a PF7 EU funded project about innovation and change in the European society. Specifically, she worked on an economic analysis of the impact of digitization and of taxation in the production, distribution and consumption of culture. Navarrete was responsible for the first national documentation of the economic historic of digital heritage, focused on Dutch museums, which formed the base for her dissertation. The book entitled ‘A History of Digitization’ is available at http://hdl.handle.net/11245/1.433221. She holds an MA in Cultural Economics and MA in Museum Management. Her work merges theories of economics, heritage and information science to support understanding of digital heritage production, distribution and consumption. Navarrete has been involved in European digital heritage statistics projects (NUMERIC and ENUMERATE) and in the Evaluation Committee to build a Digital Heritage Infrastructure in the Netherlands commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. She continues to support the development of the Digital Museum Statistics together with EGMUS and Eurostat.