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Wednesday, July 13 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Automated Wikidata Project: using Python and Wikibot to Build and Update Faculty Profiles in Wikidata

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As a PCC Wikidata Pilot Project member, San Diego State University (SDSU) Library launched the Wikidata Faculty Profiles Project in 2020. However, with limited time and resources, only a small number of Faculty Profiles were created before the PCC Project ended. Extending this project to 2022, SDSU Library started to explore a more automated way of data collection and processing and metadata creation and enrichment in Wikidata. They developed Python scripts to scrape faculty data from department websites and used PyWikibot to create Wikidata items, build and update statements for Wikidata name entities. This presentation will cover how SDSU Library used Python and Wikibot (a configurable and flexible data interaction program that can be used for Wikidata) to facilitate the data collection and Wikidata editing process. It will also provide insights into how others may use Wikibot and discuss the challenges that they met and their future plans.

Slides can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1g_Juej2-pEJrCazTO7YLD2_1W_V96U1MnJwOsXqy8t8/edit?usp=sharing

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Greta Heng

Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian, San Diego State Unviersity

Sheetal Rani Prasad

Software Engineer | Student Assistant, San Diego State University
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Andre Hulet

MLIS candidate, San Jose State University
Prior to Andre's engagement with LIS, he worked in software development and systems integration. He has long been interested in the relationships between data design and information retrieval, which led him to study resource description, vocabularies, and semantic web approaches... Read More →

Wednesday July 13, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT