IFLA Wikidata Working Group Structuring and Organizing Meeting
The IFLA Wikidata Working Group would like to extend an invitation to a structuring and organizing meeting on June 22nd, 2021 at 15:00 UTC. The purpose of this meeting is to begin to formalize the Working Group in effort to form an IFLA Special Interest Group and also incorporate a functional structure to support ongoing strategic activities. A representative from IFLA will give an overview of the IFLA structure and governance model. Representatives from allied IFLA Sections and SIGS, such as Subject Analysis and Acces<https://www.ifla.org/subject-analysis-and-access>s, Bibliography<https://www.ifla.org/bibliography>, and Big Data<https://www.ifla.org/big-data>, will join the meeting to give an overview of their work and discuss points of collaboration.
The IFLA Wikidata Working Group<https://www.ifla.org/node/92837> was formed in late 2019 to explore and advocate for the use of and contribution to Wikidata by library and information professionals. To support the integration of Wikidata with library systems, and the development of the technical infrastructure to promote knowledge equity and open bibliographic data, and alignment of the Wikidata ontology with library metadata formats.
IFLA Special Interest Groups: bring together IFLA members with common and continuing interests that they wish to discuss or explore, but which are not included in the mission and goals of an existing Section. These interests can cut across the concerns of multiple sectors, identify and follow an emerging issue or trend, be very specialised, or relevant to a small number of members. However, all Special Interest Groups must strive to explore an interest through a time-bound and goal-oriented approach, demonstrated through clear actions the group plans to undertake in order to meet their identified need. Read more here: https://www.ifla.org/node/9686
To move toward a goal-oriented approach and to begin to model a SIG structure the Wikidata Working group will create sub-working groups formed around specific, time-bound, goal-oriented projects.
The agenda for the meeting will include:
*overview of the IFLA governance structure, activities, and SIG requirements
*introductions from members from IFLA SIGs and Sections.
*discussion of Working Group membership commitments
*update on Working Group activities
*initial formation of working groups structured around functional, high-level activities
Meeting connection information:
Meeting ID: 836 5323 9590
Questions or comments to:
Stacy Allison-Cassin, Convenor, IFLA Wikidata Working Group
Stacy Allison-Cassin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
Associate Librarian (on leave)
Department of Student Learning and Academic Success
Scott Library, York University
As Creative Commons is celebrating its 20th year, I am honored to serve on
the Program Committee for the 2021 CC Summit (with some great WikiFriends)
and happy to share that the call for proposals
The program tracks <https://summit.creativecommons.org/2021-summit-program/>
- *Creators of the Commons* – The faces, work, and stories of those
building the Commons
- *Powering the Commons** – *Exploring the tools, technology, and
communities that power the Commons
*Open Education and Open Scholarship* *– *Supporting and empowering
communities that practice open access to education and scholarship
*Open Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums* – Improving and
expanding open access to cultural heritage + Hack4OpenGLAM
- *Policy and Advocacy promoting the Commons* – Strategies for legal
action and copyright reform
Would be wonderful to have a strong Wiki presence there and celebrate with
our colleagues from CC. So please share, apply and engage. :)
Are you interested in the future of Wikipedia and Wikidata?
Have you heard the buzz around "Abstract Wikipedia" and want to learn more?
Confused about the differences between "Abstract Wikipedia",
"Wikifunctions" and "WikiLambda"?
If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes", then you should read
more. [image: 🙂]
My academic course at Tel Aviv University, "From Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, from
Wikipedia to Wikidata", is coming to an end soon and next week we will be
closing the Wikidata module of the course in a special celebration,
Vrandečić (initiator of Wikidata, and more recently the director of
"Abstract Wikipedia", or rather "Wikifunctions").
To properly celebrate, Denny & I have designed a two-parts "party" for my
students, which includes a pre-recorded interview
and then *a live Q & A session with Denny during the course hour*.
And the good news is -- *you are all invited!*
*1) Pre-recorded interview* (available here - https://youtu.be/0GjNkrvT7Yc
In the interview we discussed the some of the challenges we have in
Wikipedia and Wikidata, and how they brought about the idea of "Abstract
Wikipedia"; What is the difference between "Abstract Wikipedia",
"Wikifunctions" and "WikiLambda"; What is the current state of the project;
and how it all ties to the current Internet Ecosystem and things like AI
and Machine Learning.
*2) Q & A live session - *
*Next Monday, June 7th, at 15:00 Israel time (12:00 UTC),* I will be
hosting Denny in my course for a 45 mins Q & A session via Zoom.
This part of class will be open and anyone interested in this topic, and
you are welcome to either *join us live*, *send questions* to Denny (after
watching the pre-recorded interview) *or watch later*.
If you are interested to join, *please write me an email *(simply reply
privately to this email) *by Sunday June 6th at 20:00 UTC*, and I will send
you the zoom link (this is to avoid Zoombombing).
If you are unable to participate live, but still want to engage, *feel free
to send in questions *(again replying to this email privately).
The session will also be recorded, so if you cannot make it to the live
session, you will be able to watch later on YouTube (I will be sharing the
Looking forward to your questions and to seeing you next week,