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Dataset nameEdit

Libris Library Database


National Library of Sweden


Dataset descriptionEdit

Database of libraries (public, school, etc) in Sweden.

Additional informationEdit

Progress of importEdit

The table below is used to track the progress of importing this dataset. The suggested column headings are most applicable to data being imported from a spreadsheet - you can change some column headings or add new columns as required to best describe the progress of this import.

Wikidata item for the datasetImport data into spreadsheetFormat the spreadsheet to import the dataStructure of data within WikidataMatch the dataset to WikidataImporting data into WikidataVisualisationsMaintainance queries and expected results
Libris library database (Q55502519)yesyesyesyes

Edit historyEdit

Use the table below to list batches of edits that have been completed for this dataset. Ideally each entry should have all applicable columns filled out, but at a minimum please make to add a date and description to give an idea of what was added to Wikidata and when.

DateDescriptionMethodPropertiesQualifiersReferencesStatements addedStatements removedLink to import sheet
2019-02-18Create items for ~1000 public librariesOpenRefine (direct upload)
2019-02-18Create items for ~900 school librariesOpenRefine (direct upload)
2019-02-18Create items for ~190 academic librariesOpenRefine (direct upload)

Discussion of importEdit

These headings are generally useful, please change this section to suit your needs.

Wikidata item for datasetEdit

Import data into spreadsheetEdit

We downloaded the data in spreadsheet format from the link provided at

Format the spreadsheet to import the dataEdit

We used OpenRefine to view and edit the data, thus no extra formatting was necessary.

Structure of data within WikidataEdit

Field nameWikidata propertyNotes
BibliotekLabel in Swedish
Alternativt biblioteksnamnAlias in Swedish
SigelUsed to create reference URL (P854) in sources, i.e. 8fit →
Bibliotekstypinstance of (P31)
Ortlocation (P276)
Latitudpart of coordinate location (P625)
Longitudpart of coordinate location (P625)
Kommunkodlocated in the administrative territorial entity (P131)This field contains the Swedish municipality code (P525)
country (P17)Not present in source data – set to Sweden (Q34) if a Swedish municipality was matched.

Match the dataset to WikidataEdit

The matching and reconciling was done in OpenRefine.

Before we started working with the dataset, there were only ca. 90 items for libraries (of any type) on Wikidata.

We decided to not touch those and instead focus on creating new items for the remaining thousands.

Because of problems with data quality, we removed some of the columns from the source data:

  • Website – examining a sample showed these were often inaccurate, i.e. by pointing at a dead page, or an irrelevant one, such as the main page of the municipality rather than the library's page.
  • Phone/e-mail – we knew from our communication with the data provider that the database was not well maintained, thus the risk of this data being outdated was higher than the possible benefit of including it.
  • Gatuadress/Postnummer/Geocode – we decided to omit address data at this stage, again because of the known problems with updating the database. Also it is not clear which of these fields were most appropriate to include. However, we will discuss this with the data provider and hopefully will be able to include some sort of address data in a later run.

In order to set the located in the administrative territorial entity (P131) property, we used the kommunkod column, which contains the Swedish municipality code (P525) of the municipality.

A bunch of entries did not have a municipality code, or had an incorrect one.

If a Swedish municipality was matched succesfully, country (P17)Sweden (Q34) was added. No country was added to entries without a matched municipality.

The database also included a bunch of libraries outside Sweden (mostly in Norway, Denmark), because they're connected to the Libris system. Those were excluded.

Importing data into WikidataEdit

The import was done using OpenRefine and its upload functionality.

We uploaded one library type at a time.

Import completion notesEdit

The following batches have been ran so farEdit

  1. Create school libraries
  2. Create public libraries 1 2
  3. Create academic libraries



Queries and expected resultsEdit

Query linkDescriptionExpected results
Libraries in Sweden without municipalityInstance of subclass of library without located in the administrative territorial entity (P131)Should be edited down to zero
Libraries in Sweden without locationInstance of subclass of library without location (P276)Should be edited down to zero
Libraries in Sweden without coordsInstance of subclass of library without coordinate location (P625)Should be edited down to zero

Schedule of new data releasedEdit