Martin at the Bodleian Library

From November 2017 to October 2019, User:MartinPoulter worked on a project at the University of Oxford to 1) share data from the university's GLAMs and 2) use these data sets to build proof-of-concept applications to expose these data and provide new pathways into and across collections. This placement follows on from the year Martin spent working on various projects across the University, which in turn followed on from a year as Wikimedian In Residence at the Bodleian Libraries.

Martin has also been advising the Oxford Linked Open Data (OxLOD) project on using Wikidata to reconcile existing data sets.

The Wikidata project has an entry on the GLAM Search & Discovery site with more about the goals of the project.

Final reportEdit

Wikidata search & discovery project for Oxford GLAMs: final report

The final report is an 18-page PDF with screenshots.

Data sets from this activityEdit

Ren Xiong, a Chinese artist whose work is represented in the Ashmolean

Eastern Art of the Ashmolean Museum (Q636400)Edit

3,409 items . 30,554 statements (mean 9.0 per item) as of end of May 2019 (Recent Changes)

See also User:MartinPoulter/queries/collections#Ashmolean_Museum.

  • Collection Explorer is a Wikidata-driven application I've written to browse this data set, along with some items from the Bodleian, and other databases including the Oxford Research Archive and Early Modern Letters Online.

Artworks of the botanical illustrator Ferdinand Bauer (Q79012)Edit

The intention is to connect this set of more than a thousand artworks with samples from the University's Herbaria and with records of the Sibthorp-Bauer expedition of 1786-88, connecting the works to places, dates and scientific data.

2,106 works as of the end of April 2019. 12,493 statements (mean 5.9 per item)

See also User:MartinPoulter/queries/botany

Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor depicted by items in both the Bodleian and the Ashmolean

Manuscripts and paintings in the Bodleian Library (Q82133)Edit

This set is growing gradually as the Bodleian puts more complete digitised works online. This set builds on some items that were originally imported from Wikipedia.

2002 items as of the end of March 2018; 14,858 statements (mean 7.4 each)

Art works in the Pitt Rivers Museum (Q1456119)Edit

43 items added in June 2018 (drawings and lithographs); 294 statements

astrolabe (Q164992)Edit

History of Science Museum (Q6941088) has shared some of its data about its collection of 164 astrolabes. In early September, it shared 164 images on Commons. Astrolabe Explorer is a proof-of-concept application I've created to browse data about astrolabes from multiple collections. 1574 statements (9.6 statements per item) as of the first week of September 2018.

In November, Science Museum (Q674773) shared a data set of their 25 astrolabes which Martin added to Wikidata.

The National Museum of American History (Q148584) already had a data set of 33 astrolabes available on its web site, so that has been included in December 2018.

The Adler Planetarium (Q358052) shared data and images about their collection of 97 astrolabes. These have been added in July 2019.

Other data setsEdit

Some data sets were added to Wikidata as part of the placement funded by the university's IT Innovation Fund.



Similar work elsewhereEdit

Other institutions in the cultural sector are also engaging with Wikidata for search and discovery.

Monthly progressEdit