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ACA 2020 Seeing Archives Differently: Online Conference Workshops


WikiProject Archival Description Initiative:  June 8, 2020 

The ACA Education Committee is pleased to present a new workshop, Bringing the Canadian Archive of Women in STEM to Wikidata.

Instructors: Yoo Young Lee, Mairelys Lemus-Rojas, and Marina Bokovay will be presenting the two hour workshop using Zoom webinar.

Date: June 8, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT

Costs: Members:  $ 50.00          Non-Members:  $ 75.00          Students:  $ 25.00    Subsidized Attendees:  $ 0


Workshop overview

Libraries and archives can play a critical role in the creation and curation of data in Wikidata to ensure underrepresented communities are not only included, but also properly described in the knowledge base. This workshop will provide a brief overview of Wikidata in the archival context and its possible uses. We will also share our experiences using wikidata for the the Canadian Archive of Women in STEM initiative (https://biblio.uottawa.ca/en/women-in-stem/about) based on the WikiProject Archival Description initiative (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Archival_Description). The goal of the Canadian Archive of Women in STEM is to bring attention to and promote the discovery of the archival records of women in STEM held by Canadian institutions–a bilingual portal containing descriptive metadata, a biographical sketch/admin history about the women/organizations and information about the host institution–in order to provide a simplified avenue for researchers to discover all available holdings. Contributing the archival metadata and the biographical sketch, as well as links to the host institutions to Wikidata could further increase the visibility of collections, finding aids, as well as the institutions themselves, beyond archival or library systems.

This workshop is designed to be interactive with a series of hands-on activities which includes a demonstration of how to contribute content from archival finding aids to Wikidata as well as an introduction on efficient workflows and useful tools for contributing, visualizing and querying the data. This workshop aims to encourage archivists to participate in the open knowledge movement and contribute their unique collections to Wikidata to expand their findability and reach. 

Marina Bokovay is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information and is currently the Head of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Ottawa Library.  She is also a board member of the Canadian  Institute for Women in Engineering and Science, acting as an archival adviser.

Yoo Young Lee
is the Web and Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Ottawa Library. She works with the Archives and Special Collections unit for digital preservation, AtoM (archival description and access) and the Canadian Archive of Women in STEM project.

Mairelys Lemus-Rojas
works as the Open Knowledge Librarian at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she spearheads open knowledge initiatives to expose curated library data and increase the representation of IUPUI women scholars in Wikidata.

To register for this webinar, please select here.


Past Conference Workshops


ACA 2019:  Archival Origins


ACA 2006: Living on the Edge

June 26, 2006  Full Day

Law and Original Order: Legal Aspects of Archive

June 27, 2006 Full Day

Just Scan It All! Making Archival Holdings Available Online

June 27, 2006 Half day

CCA Awareness Kit 

ACA 2018:  Trust in Technology


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