Best Practice: MetaWikiData: Incorporating Wikidata into cataloging workflows
The National Library of Israel, Jerusalem
Ahava Cohen serves as head of the Hebrew cataloguing department at the National Library of Israel and is a member of the Israeli Inter-University Metadata and Cataloguing Forum. She holds a doctorate in RDA from Bar Ilan University. Cohen teaches cataloguing and classification in the David Yellin College MLIS program in Jerusalem and heads the national continuing professional development program in cataloguing. On the international front, she is the immediate chair of the European RDA Interest Group (EURIG) and the backup European representative to the RDA Steering Committee. She also volunteers on the IFLA Wikidata Working Group.
Linked Data as a reality is approaching by giant steps. More and more organizations, including the National Library of Israel (NLI), are embracing Wikidata as a stepping stone to a linked data world. This presentation will discuss how NLI is working to bridge the gap between cataloging workflows and Wikidata work and the impact of the COVID-19 related lockdown on our plans. We will also discuss the associated costs and the benefits which accrue to NLI from incorporating Wikidata into our best practices. The intended audience includes catalogers, Wikidata enthusiasts, and those interested in multi-cultural metadata as social justice work.