05 Feb '13, 7pm

Linking Library Data to Wikipedia: video and blog posting w @notconfusing #glamwiki

Linking Library Data to Wikipedia: video and blog posting w @notconfusing #glamwiki

I encountered VIAF over the summer, when I was making some {{Creator}} entries over on WP Commons for some aquatintists and engravers that I\’d uploaded some pics for. Looking to see whether they had VIAF entries was sort of neat, but for me the real payoff was seeing if the VIAF entry then linked to an LCCN entry, because that would automatically populate a WorldCat link from the template. I think you missed a trick with VIAFbot, not getting it to automatically add LCCN references where possible too. The link to VIAF is all very well, but apart from somebody who really knows their bibliographic systems, it\’s not got that much value for the average end-user. On the other hand, the WorldCat link adds something they can immediately use, and get value from. This is important, if you compare it to eg {{coord}} information. There\’s been a huge push to add this on en-wiki, bec...

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