Bern University of the Arts, to whom a large collection of live opera recordings has been bequeathed by a private collector, is presently examining how this collection should best be made accessible to interested users (see: project description). One of the avenues explored is the maintenance of an international performing arts database on Wikidata that would serve as the main finding aid to the collection. To do so, we are building upon efforts undertaken by other institutions and the Wikidata community in assembling performing arts data (see: WikiProject Performing arts).
In my presentation, I shall:
present our concept how to use Wikidata in combination with other parts of the platform infrastructure for the management and exploitation of said collection – a concept that could easily be extended to other institutions;
relate our experiences regarding our cooperation with data donors and the data ingestion process on Wikidata;
present our analysis of user needs along with recommendations how the nascent international performing arts database on Wikidata could be enhanced over the coming years;
put our outsourcing and community-sourcing concept for the further development of the international performing arts database up for discussion at the conference.
The presentation addresses the conference theme from various angles:
How to use online collaboration to connect existing pockets of knowledge and information into one whole to raise existing data infrastructures to a qualitatively new level? And how to leverage crowdsourcing approaches to fill the gaps in the resulting knowledge base?
How best to combine the contributions of individual heritage institutions, the efforts of a distributed volunteer community, and paid assignments for actual data ingests?
We would like to solicit feedback from the community with regard to the approach pursued by our project and – hopefully – encourage others to join our efforts or to set up similar projects in other thematic areas.