Wikibase Cloud and the SNARC Hub for Name Authority Records Relating to Wales and in the Welsh Language

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Wikibase Cloud For Cultural Heritage Data Online

Date: Thursday 18th January 2024 Time: 14:00 UTC / London, 15:00 CET / Berlin, 9:00 ET / New York Type: Online (zoom) Registration Count: 25

The Semantic Name Authority Repository Cymru (SNARC) was established in order to provide a central hub for name authority records relating to Wales and in the Welsh language. The authority records related to people, places or social constructs such as organisations or businesses. The database also includes all the additional data needed to describe these things, such as occupations, places of education, language and nationality. Based on Wikidata, but using a simplified and customized ontology, the data is presented as Linked Open Data and this makes it easier for us to define relationships between entities in our collections. All the data is bilingual and available on an Open Licence. The dataset can be explored using the search box on this page, the links below or using the API or Query Service. Our goal is to grow the dataset using data from Welsh cultural organizations, connecting our heritage in one central hub. It will also act as an important bridge between 3rd party linked open data from Wikidata and other sources, and data curated by GLAM professionals around the world.

some topics for the session

  • Introduce Wikidata and evolution of the Wikibase offering
  • Vision for future of federated Wikibase network
  • Wikibase ontology design
  • Federation with Wikidata
  • Example queries and applications


Jason J. Evans is Open Data Manager and National Wikimedian at the Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

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Event Categorization

Session-Type: Wikibase - Web of Data - Wikidata - Use Case - GLAM
Session-Level: Beginner - Intermediate 
Session-Language: English

Event Format

10 min introduction, 45-60 min presentation, 15 min QA plus 30 min community chat.