The WikiLibrary Manifesto
The WikiLibrary Manifesto aims at connecting libraries and Wikimedia projects such as Wikibase in an international network of knowledge. Our goal: The creation and implementation of a single linked open data network for art, culture and science. Sign up now!
The WikiLibrary Manifesto
Our vision is to create a reliable, machine-readable, collaboratively maintained Linked Open Data network for the arts, culture and science as a solid base for FAIR knowledge. Yet fully applying the FAIR data principles to knowledge requires a shared framework. The signers of the Wikimedia Library Manifesto will work together to achieve the vision of a common knowledge graph embedded in a shared framework. They will do so by respecting the principles listed below and by taking specific measures to fulfil their vision, also outlined below.
- Promoting free licenses for data and their software environment.
- Shaping spaces where diverse communities thrive. (Community gardening).
- Providing structured data based on FAIR data principles in order to be able to transparently transform data into information to create FAIR knowledge.
- Promoting common core standards created consensually and collaboratively.
- Providing open governance structures and embedding them into existing systems.
- Dedicating resources to obtain user interfaces that are accessible to and user‑friendly for everybody who wants to contribute and actively care for data and knowledge.
- Fostering data literacy in the digital transformation on the three stages: data, information and knowledge.
Embracing Wikibase as a promising technical infrastructure to store, edit and exchange data based on the FAIR data principles, the signers of the manifesto will work on making Wikibase a user-friendly reference software to create data hubs for the envisioned knowledge graph. Starting with:
- Making Wikibase more interoperable with existing systems and standards (e.g. by making it easier to import existing structured data).
- Easing the sharing of data and data models between Wikibase instances through automated mechanisms.
- Commonly defining support and maintenance structures of Wikibase as an open-source software.
- Defining and providing more data exchange formats including those established in the GLAM-field.
- Inviting more institutions from the library realm and beyond in the fields of GLAM and the humanities to join the efforts to create a Wikibase-based ecosystem of structured data, catching up to the idea of a truly semantic web and FAIR knowledge.
Berlin • Frankfurt, November 2020
German National Library
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V.
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