Contributing data to open knowledge projects aligns with our library mission and values. IUPUI University Library has a strong tradition in support of open access initiatives. Our institution adopted DSpace, an open source software used for institutional repositories (IR), in 2004. This was followed by the implementation of Open Journal System (OJS), a PKP product for open access publishing. In addition, the IUPUI library faculty adopted an Open Access Policy in 2009 that requires library faculty members to deposit published articles in the library’s institutional repository in an effort to share scholarship produced by the faculty more openly. Five years later, the IUPUI Faculty Council adopted an Open Access Policy for the Campus. Further, the IUPUI Open Access Publishing Fund was created in 2013 to assist faculty members with the costs of submitting articles to peer-reviewed journals requiring a fee. In alignment with ongoing efforts to support open scholarship, the library has been involved with open knowledge projects that are part of the Wikimedia ecosystem since 2017. Recent efforts have focussed on contributing to Wikidata, the linked data knowledge base.
IUPUI University Library is committed to participating and contributing in projects that offer a free, community-driven solution to sharing information openly. As such, we aim to increase awareness of Wikidata—a structured linked data knowledge base—within our organization, train library staff, and build capacity. We also seek to promote the value of contributing to the knowledge base and to establish community partnerships.
We devised a project in which we created and shared data openly in Wikidata—a platform that has the potential to be more widely accessed through third-party tools, and that benefits from a community of over 18,000 active users around the world. By contributing data to Wikidata, we are enriching the knowledge base and providing a presence for less represented subjects and communities. These contributions also facilitated the use of Scholia, a web based tool that can generate scholarly profiles. As part of this work, we explored offering faculty scholarly profile data management as a library-supported service to IUPUI affiliated schools.
As a pilot project, we created entries in Wikidata for 19 core faculty members from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located in the IUPUI campus. In an effort to generate a more robust scholarly profile for the faculty in Scholia, entries for their co-authors were also created. The pilot profile for the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy can be accessed at: https://tools.wmflabs.org/scholia/organization/Q33015428.
At this site, one can find a list of all faculty affiliated with this school, a co-authored graph showing their collaboration, an advisor graph, a list containing publications and the names of the researchers, a chart showing page production per year, a table showing citations (citing works, and the works cited), a bubble chart with the most cited papers where the researcher was the first author for the publication, another chart with co-author-normalized citations per year, and the gender distribution of the faculty. All the data related to the faculty, as it is known to Wikidata, can be easily accessed and analyzed in Scholia. An article documenting this work will be available soon. This project served as a use case and informed our ongoing efforts.
For the second phase of the project, we are developing strategies to keep the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty profiles up to date. While not currently adding other IUPUI schools to the project, we are focussing on adding IUPUI women faculty from across disciplines, and have so far contributed 100 entries. We are also adding bibliographic data from our library-hosted open access journals to Wikidata. In addition, we are experimenting with new and existing tools to facilitate contributions and testing workflows to be able to do this work more efficiently.