Linking Library Data to Wikipedia Part III Video Provides VIAFbot Statistics and Recaps Its Accomplishments


In this video, OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt discuss how VIAFbot added 250,000 reciprocal links from VIAF to Wikipedia. They also provide additional VIAFbot statistics and discuss how it is paving the way for authority control in Wikipedia.

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 III video is the third video about VIAFbot. See the Linking Library Data to Wikipedia Part I and Part II videos, Max Klein's VIAFbot Debriefing blog post and the Wikipedia: Authority control integration proposal/RFC web page for additional information about this project.

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Max Klein
Wikipedian in Residence
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research