DEC 11

OCLC Research at the CNI Fall 2012 Membership Meeting

OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt will present "Wikipedia and Libraries: What's the Connection?" with Sara Snyder from the Smithsonian Institution at this meeting.

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Representatives from Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) member organizations gather twice annually for membership meetings to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues; and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects.

OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt will present "Wikipedia and Libraries: What's the Connection?" with Sara Snyder from the Smithsonian Institution at the CNI Fall 2012 Membership Meeting, the details of which are below. See the CNI Fall 2012 Membership Meeting website for the complete meeting schedule.

 

Tuesday, 11 December

Time Meeting
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection?”

It used to be that if you wanted information or answers to questions, you went to a library. In an era of increased reliance on major network hubs, information seekers increasingly turn to the web for answers. Therefore it is vital that libraries and archives ensure that their collections, or information about their collections, are easily discoverable on the open web.

As the 6th most accessed website globally, Wikipedia is a natural place for cultural heritage institutions to expose their collections. Wikipedia articles receive a lot of web love: they are highly ranked by search engines; snippets from pages are incorporated into Google's Knowledge Graph, and are pulled in by services like Facebook, filling in missing content. How can libraries and archives mesh with Wikipedia?

This session will:

  • detail how OCLC Research, the Smithsonian Institution, and others are connecting researchers to unique materials through Wikipedia,
  • put a spotlight on the special role library data can play in Wikipedia,
  • examine how Wikipedia data may be useful to libraries and scholarly institutions,
  • introduce Wikipedia's GLAM-Wiki initiative, and
  • talk about ways that information professionals can work collaboratively with the World's Largest Free Encyclopedia.
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Date

11 December 2012

Time

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

Location

Washington, D.C.

Venue

Capital Hilton Hotel

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