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Every item of a GLAM institution should have an instance of (P31) statement. Depending on the data we have, we may be able to use a more precise item, i.e. automobile museum (Q787934) rather than museum (Q33506). The more precise item should be used if available, but in many cases the data will not be that detailed. A catch-all object will do:

Properties to use[edit]

The set of properties to use will vary with both on the type of institution and the level of detail in the source data. Here are some general properties that are applicable to many types of cultural institutions:

If any photos of the institution have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, they should also be included in the item:

For more detailed overview of GLAM institution ontology, with further examples, you can have a look at these projects on Wikidata:

Hierarchical relationships between organizations[edit]

Some GLAM institutions are parts of other organizational units. For example:

Similarly, a GLAM institution can consist of several organizational units, e.g. an academic library (which is itself part of a university) with a number of specialized branches.

To model these relationships, we use the property pair part of (P361) and has part(s) (P527). See for example the following claims:

Note that the reverse property is not added automatically; after adding a has part(s) (P527) statement to an item, you should then go to the item that is the object of that statement and add a part of (P361) statement to it.