WikiCite/2020 Virtual conference/Project VandyCite: Using Wikidata to support research information management

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Project VandyCite: Using Wikidata to support research information management[edit]

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Project VandyCite began during spring 2020 as librarians and staff members at the Vanderbilt University Library transitioned to offsite work due to COVID-19. The goal of the project was to enlist librarians and staff to add bibliographic information about faculty members at Vanderbilt University to Wikidata. In the space of a few months, members of the project who had never previously used Wikidata became effective and productive editors, with some participants reaching more than 10,000 edits. In this talk, we discuss how we prepared the groundwork for this project by developing a bot (VanderBot) to create items for faculty members, how we helped our colleagues to become effective editors, and our plans for scaling this initiative to other libraries.


Clifford B. Anderson (Vanderbilt University, USA) is Associate University Librarian for Research and Digital Strategy at the Vanderbilt University Library. He holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Science at Vanderbilt University and is affiliated faculty in the Comparative Media Analysis and Practice Joint-Ph.D. program. From 2018 to 2020, he was also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

Steve Baskauf (Vanderbilt University, USA) holds a BA degree in chemistry and biology and a Ph.D. in biology with a focus on insect ecology and evolution. Baskauf has ten years of experience teaching high school in Ohio, Swaziland, and Tennessee, and taught at Vanderbilt University from 2000 to 2018. Currently, he is a Data Science and Data Curation Specialist with the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt.