Vol. 8 No. 3 (2017)

Libraries and Wikimedia: common strategies for open access to knowledge and collaborative construction of free knowledge

Luigi Catalani
University of Salerno Library of the Province of Potenza Wikimedia Italia

Published 2017-09-15


  • Biblioteche,
  • Wikimedia,
  • Wikipedia,
  • Wikidata,
  • Wikisource

How to Cite

Catalani, Luigi. 2017. “Libraries and Wikimedia: Common Strategies for Open Access to Knowledge and Collaborative Construction of Free Knowledge”. JLIS.It 8 (3):100-114. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12413.


The paper presents an updated overview of the different forms of collaboration between the libraries and the world of Wikimedia. The article shows the many points of convergence between the librarians and the wikimedians. It describes The Wikipedia Library, the campaign #1Lib1Ref, the Libraries project of Wikimedia Italia, the activities carried out in this area by BNCF and other Italian libraries. With regard to the reuse of bibliographic data, the contribution focuses on Wikidata and on WikiBib and Wikicite projects. The article finally explains the role of wikipedians in residence and describes the digital collections uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.


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