Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/מז"ל שיש ויקינתונים:יום עיון בנושא החיבור בין מאגר זהויות לאומי לויקינתונים (ID: 21962496)

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מז"ל שיש ויקינתונים: יום עיון בנושא החיבור בין מאגר זהויות לאומי לויקינתונים
proposed start date2022-11-14
proposed end date2022-11-14
budget (local currency)17131 ILS
budget (USD)4995.8 USD
grant typeNonprofit organization with Wikimedia mission
funding regionNWE
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• AhavaCohen
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details edit

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

OrlySi DovidRoth אביעדר Geagea bekmaw efratman



Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

Orly Simon: Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering committee Ahava Cohen: IFLA Wikidata/Wikibase Interest Group

Grant Proposal edit

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

מז"ל שיש ויקינתונים: יום עיון בנושא החיבור בין מאגר זהויות לאומי לויקינתונים

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

We wish to include more librarians and Wikidata editors in the push to mutually enhance Wikidata and the National Library of Israel's (NLI) national authority database. Currently, most librarians understand the authority database but not what Wikidata can provide and what it is missing while Wikidata editors face the opposite challenge. While both groups 'speak metadata' their frames of reference are different. This leaves both sets of metadata locked in their own silos. Could we get the two groups working together, as has been proven in concept by the National Library of Israel (NLI) Wikidata project, we would be able to leverage the power of both Wikidata and the nearly 2 million name authority records in the NLI database to quality control and enhance records in both locations and prove to other national libraries that mass Wikidata projects provide good ROI.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

Personalization: The Israeli community (from all religious and ethnic groups) is characterized by low power-distance relationships. Therefore, humanizing the face of the other metadata camp and fostering personal collaborations will kickstart collaboration Hands-on experience: Groups of Wikidata editors and librarians will work together on sample corpuses so that any relevant questions arise in real-time. These corpuses, or ones similar devised by the groups, will form the basis for the follow-up competition. Mentoring: Expert librarians and Wikidata editors will work with the groups on the day of the seminar and throughout the follow-up process. This will allow not only the transfer of information but also the building of meaningful connections between the two groups and the NLI staff.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

During this one day seminar the NLI Wikidata team will introduce the two groups to each other, demonstrate past and current projects and sit the groups down together to work on a corpus of metadata. At the end of the day groups will be asked to propose projects using Wikidata and the NLI authority database to encourage continuity of engagement. Groups will be asked to document their work processes on the day and in the after-project. In this way we plan to bridge between the two related communities, teach them functional knowledge of each other's schema, and create medium-term teams which will work on a common goal. Products of the seminar and follow-up will include mapping between Wikidata and the NLI authority database, corpus lists of underrepresented people and groups for follow-up, and workflow documentation. All products will be made available to the library and Wikidata communities in Israel and abroad. The follow-up contest will require groups or individuals to meet set targets for enhancing Wikidata and the NLI authority database. The prize will be partial subsidy of travel to a Wiki-related conference abroad (such as WikiDataCon 2023) for one person to continue the work started at the one-day seminar.

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.


Wikidata 10th Birthday
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

NLI salaried staff members: Orly Simon, Head of Public Services Division (OrlySi) Veteran Wikipedia editor, head of the team which got Israel to #1 in the world during 1Lib1Ref in 2020, experienced in running Israeli campaigns, member of Ahava Cohen, Head of Cataloging Section (AhavaCohen) Head of national continuing education program in cataloging, manager of national authority database, Wikidata editor (Wikidata focus list Israeli Publishers Database, manger of NLI Wikidata project) David Roth, Hebrew Cataloging Department (DovidRoth) Veteran Wikipedia and Wikidata editor, #1 editor worldwide during 1Lib1Ref 2020 Aviad Rosenberg, Classification Department (אביעדר) Wikidata editor Bekriah Mawasi, Team Leader Arabic Cataloging Department (bekmaw) Former Wikimedia Israel staffer experienced in running campaigns amongst the Arabic-speaking community Efrat Mandelbaum, Arabic Cataloging Department (Efratman) Expert in Arabic authority records, veteran Wikidata editor

Wikidata editing community, consultant: Gaea Zohar (Geagea) Veteran Wikidata editor

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial: This project will focus on Israeli and Palestinian people (creators and academics) and institutions Topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context: The project will be proof of concept for other national libraries interested in roundtripping metadata between authority files and Wikidata and will serve as further proof that Wikidata can function as the link in Linked Data.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Culture, heritage or GLAM , Open Technology

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

Librarians - builders of metadata who are largely unfamiliar with Wikidata Wikidata editors - builders of metadata largely unfamiliar with library metadata databases outside the catalog

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

Friendly Space Policy, UCC + Creating an environment in which the various communities participating get to know each other as people with a common goal will contribute to a safer and more supportive environment for participants during the day. Continuing projects will help take that new community & expand the circle of equity beyond Wikidata work. The culturally diverse NLI staff serving as mentors will model the safe, equitable and supportive environment we expect of participants.

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

Outreach to librarians who edit Wikidata through Twitter Discussion with Wiki editors in person at NLI events

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

The National Library of Israel will be providing metadata and the physical space (including sufficient electrical outlets). Library staff will serve as mentors both on the day and for the follow-up projects.

Due to the lack of a government and a governmental budget, the library cannot provide monetary support.

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation edit

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

Can collaboration between librarians and Wikidata editors increase the quality of library-based information exported to Wikidata? Can Wikidata metadata be reliably ingested into authoritative library databases? Can working with Wikidata editors increase engagement rates amongst librarians?

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
continued engagement At least 3 groups will work on a follow-up project to mutual enhance the two databases, with mentoring from the organizing team. This metric will be evaluated not only on the activity of the teams but by the flow of questions to mentors and self-reports of collaboration on a provided form. 3
enhancements to national authority database creation of a rubric for evaluating potential enhancements of the national authority file from Wikidata (qualitative assessment) 1
constraint violations Wikidata Enhancements of Wikidata should largely not violate accepted Wikidata constraints. 30% or under errors will be considered a success in training the new librarian-editors. Constraint violation tools in Wikidata will be used to measure. 30
constraint violations national authority database Enhancements to the national authority database should largely not violate accepted constraints. 40% or under errors will be considered a success in training Wikidata editors. Internal NLI reports will be used to measure. 40
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 30 Wikidata editors (new or returning participants)

50 librarians (primarily new participants) (NLI has space for up to 90 participants)

Number of editors Same as participants

40 returning editors (Wikidata editors+ librarians who have worked in Wikidata) 40 newly registered editors (librarians who have not previously worked in Wikidata)

Number of organizers 2 Wikidata experts

3 authorities experts 2 systems experts 2 organizers for Arabic community editing

Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikidata Items created or improved, particularly items associated with persons, corporate bodies, conferences and books (on day of seminar) 200
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

Event Metrics Reports by teams of follow-up projects Internal NLI authority database reports

Financial Proposal edit

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

17131 ILS

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

4995.8 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

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