Linking Library Data to Wikipedia Part II Video Explains How VIAFbot Links VIAF Records to Wikipedia References

In the video, OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt discuss how VIAFbot was created, how it works and what progress it has made.

VIAFbot is the brainchild of Wikipedians in Residence Max Klein from OCLC Research and Andrew Grey from the British Library. It enhances name disambiguation in Wikipedia by automatically establishing reciprocal links with Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) records. (VIAF) is  a joint project of several national libraries plus selected regional and trans-national library agencies, the goal of which is to lower the cost and increase the utility of library authority files by matching and linking widely-used authority files and making that information available on the Web. Wikipedia is now included as a data source in VIAF.

This Linking Library Data to Wikipedia Part II video is the second video about VIAFbot. See the first video and visit the Wikipedia: Authority control integration proposal/RFC web page for additional background information on this project.

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Max Klein
Wikipedian in Residence
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research