ZBW donates comprehensive Open Data collection to Wikidata

The data donation of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics enables the linking of historic press clippings about politics, business and society with other sources

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Kiel/Hamburg, 28 October 2019:
The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics promotes Open Science. In this context, it has put metadata of its historic press clippings archives under a free CC0 licence. To mark the seventh birthday of the free knowledge database Wikidata, a part of Wikimedia Foundation, the ZBW presented more than 5,000 person folders from the ZBW press clippings archives as the first part of a comprehensive “data donation” at the WikidataCON in Berlin. The data about historical dossiers compiled from national and international media are now freely available for linking and reuse.

The free knowledge database Wikidata currently comprises more than 64 million open datasets reusable under a free licence. To mark the seventh birthday of Wikidata, the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics donated a comprehensive metadata collection from its “20th Century Press Archives”.

The “Press Archives” are a collection of digitised clippings from 1,500 German and national newspapers and magazines. The collection contains press articles, company reports, festschriften and other materials about individual persons, products, product groups and companies as well as economic information about individual countries and the state of the world economy from the early 20th century until the German currency reform of 1948 and the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. The “Press Archives” contains 25,000 thematical folders with more than 2 million pages.

These metadata created by the ZBW are now donated to Wikidata. From now on, Wikidata will provide primary access to researchers from contemporary, social, economic and business history, to media scientists and the general public, to the press, teachers and students; while the ZBW ensures continued access to the digitised objects and their references.

Professor Klaus Tochtermann: “In order to satisfy our own claims for Open Science, it is more and more important for us to provide our own and often unique data for reuse and linking with the data of others in open infrastructures. Wikidata is an ideal environment for us in this context.”

Joachim Neubert, software developer and Linked Open Data specialist at the ZBW, says: “With this data donation, we enable much broader, multilingual, and worldwide access to important research datasets. These open data can now be linked with more sources by all Wikidata users and can be enhanced by the community.”

Abraham Taherivand, Managing Director of Wikimedia Deutschland says: “The generous donation of the ZBW emphasises how important free accessibility of data and information are for the present and the future. They are the basis for a transparent presentation of our cultural memory.”

Lydia Pintscher, Product Manager Wikidata at Wikimedia Deutschland, adds: “We are very happy about the opening up of the press data. Newspaper articles allow us glimpses into our history and show us how events were evaluated by the contemporaries. Embedding these data in Wikipedia links them with other knowledge domains and leads to the discovery of new exciting connections that cannot be found in the data of the Press Archives alone.”

Detailed information about the data donation

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