Vol. 13 No. 3 (2022): Modelling knowledge, archival and bibliographic standards in comparison. 1st JLIS.it Seminar - 19 May 2022

Wikibase, or The search for the unicorn

Giovanni Bergamin
Industri, innovation and infrastructure

Published 2022-09-15


  • Wikibase data model,
  • MARC,
  • Linked open data,
  • Nomen (IFLA LRM),
  • Schema.org
  • ...More

How to Cite

Bergamin, Giovanni. 2022. “Wikibase, or The Search for the Unicorn”. JLIS.It 13 (3):49-62. https://doi.org/10.36253/jlis.it-484.


The aim of this paper is to study the technological implementation of the emergent bibliographic models (IFLA LRM in particular) taking into account one of the most widespread platforms for the semantic web, namely Wikibase. Different initiatives of implementation of LRM have been taken into account, included: a) a prototype cataloging interface; b)the implementation of the new cataloging system for the Bibliothéque Nationale de France (Bnf); c) a test of use of one of the feature of the Wikibase data model - namely the "qualifier"- to find a sustainable solution for the LRM  nomen entity. Wikibase and his data model cannot be considered the magical unicorn that solves all problems. More in-depth analysis and tests are needed, but – as an intermediate result – we can consider Wikibase  a promising platform also in the bibliographic field with a low entry barrier.


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