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Collecting information about Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums around the world and their collections on Wikipedia, available free, for everyone, to use and improve
We bring together data on cultural institutions on Wikidata, providing a free to use worldwide database of cultural heritage institutions and their collections which can be used in education, the digitization of cultural heritage, crisis situations, tourism and more. We will bring together existing datasets and work with partners to survey cultural organisations and other knowledge holders to fill gaps. This resource will increase availability of information and awareness of GLAM institutions globally.
This page records datasets, lists and other information available for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums around the world. It provides a central place to organise their import into Wikidata. There are already 50,000+ GLAMs recorded in Wikidata but this is a small proportion of the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums globally..
Help find datasets
You can help research which datasets are available. Even if you cannot directly access the dataset, knowing it exists will be very helpful to the project. Once you find a dataset please add it to the table below. You can find datasets by looking at external websites using one of the following tools or by researching on a regional or national level.
Add to our list of databases
By adding it to our table, you will bring it to the attention of other volunteers and project organisers who can then work towards uploading it to Wikidata. Here are some tips.
The most important information to provide about the datasets you find is:
Nice to have information
Help import the data
Matching the data
Once datasets have been identified they need to be compared to the data which is already in Wikidata. To help with this please click on any of the links in the Mix n' Match column, please read these matching tips before beginning. Your help is especially appreciated if you are knowledgeable about the subject area or are a fluent speaker of the language the database is available in. Note: when a Mix n' Match catalogue is complete please add (Complete) after the link in the table.
How to model GLAM institutions on Wikidata?
You can read a short introduction to modelling GLAM institutions on Wikidata.
See separate tables for:
|Status||Country||Name of dataset||Link to dataset's website||Wikidata item||Wikidata property||Mix'n'match catalog||Topic (e.g Galleries, Libraries, Archives or Museums)||Source (e.g government department)||Link to data import record (Wikidata:Dataset Imports)||Type of information (Datasets, Map data etc)||License of data||Notes|
|Worldwide||Worldwide Database of University Museums and Collections||here||Worldwide Database of University Museums and Collections (Q60661836)||UMAC ID (P5050)||1171||University museums and collections||International Council of Museums (ICOM) Committee for University Museums and Collections||Directory||??||Not downloadable; no license information|
|Worldwide||World Heritage sites (includes many cultural institutions||here||??||Navino Evans has done work on importing this data, need to check if it is up to date|
|Worldwide||Memory of the World Register||here||??||Navino Evans has done work on importing this data, need to check if it is up to date|
|Worldwide||Libraries.org, a directory of libraries throughout the world||here||P4848||Libraries||??|
|Worldwide||Academic Ranking of World Universities||here||P5242||Universities (which will most probably include at least libraries and possibly museums)|
|Worldwide||Directory of Open Access Journals||here||P5115||Universities (which will most probably include at least libraries and possibly museums)||Navino Evans has already done a lot of work importing data from DOAJ, check with Nav for more information on what has been imported|
|Worldwide||World Digital Library||here||Its a dataset of objects, many of which will be in the public domain, also includes identifiers for many institutions. Is coorganised by UNESCO.|
|Worldwide||Directory of Open Access Repositories||here||Will include a very large number of universities which will very often have libraries)|
|Worldwide||World Higher Education Database||here||A worldwide register of universities, run in collaboration with UNESCO. Assuming most universities have libraries this could be a really useful database.|
|Worldwide||International Standard Identifier for Libraries and Related Organizations (ISO 15511)||here|
|Worldwide||Survey of GLAM open access policy and practice||here|
|Worldwide||WorldCat Registry||here||WorldCat Registry ID (P5505)||Libraries|
|Worldwide||IFLA database||Libraries||Unclear if IFLA have a full list of libraries behind their Map of the World|
|Worldwide||International Standard Identifier for Libraries and Related Organizations||here||ISIL (P791)||Libraries||ISIL|