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Tuesday, May 24 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
2E: Using Wikidata to Enhance Discovery for Dissertations, Authors, and Faculty Advisors in Texas A&M University’s Mechanical Engineering Department | Responding to Faculty Interest in Rapid Publishing During the Pandemic: The Role of interoperable Scho

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Using Wikidata to Enhance Discovery for Dissertations, Authors, and Faculty Advisors in Texas A&M University’s Mechanical Engineering Department
Speakers: Jeannette Ho, Charity Stokes, Zao Liu, Tatyana Chubaryan

As a participant in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Wikidata Pilot, Texas A&M University (TAMU) created linked data in the Wikidata platform for a selected sample of mechanical engineering students, their doctoral dissertations and faculty advisors. This presentation will provide an overview of how an inter-departmental team of four cataloging/metadata librarians and one curator used tools such as OpenRefine and Mix’n’Match to populate Wikidata with metadata from OAKTrust, the TAMU institutional repository, as well Scholars.tamu.edu, its VIVO database of faculty member profiles. It will also describe efforts to manually enhance the items that were created and issues that were encountered, as well as experimentation with SPARQL queries to demonstrate the value of the transformed data. Finally, this presentation will cover potential implications that Wikidata may have for library workflows regarding the management and disambiguation of persons and other entities in the TAMU Libraries’ catalog and institutional repository.

Responding to Faculty Interest in Rapid Publishing During the Pandemic: The Role of interoperable Scholarly Communication Systems at Texas A&M
Speaker: David B. Lowe

In 2019 and 2020, the Office of Scholarly Communications pursued a strategy of the vertical integration of our scholarly communication systems in order to make them more useful to researchers, specifically our repository (DSpace), research information management system (VIVO) and Altmetrics from Digital Science. These systems can be used to “publish” a range of documents, represent the publications on faculty Scholars@TAMU profiles, and collect engagement metrics for the publications.

We were ready, then, when faculty requests for help with special research projects while working from alternative working locations. The faculty wanted to rapidly publish special publications that were related to the pandemic or the Black Lives Matter protests. The outcomes from this initiative were very exciting. Heidi Campbell edited a volume entitled The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online that explored how churches worldwide were responding to the pandemic. The volume went viral on social media, was written up in a Finnish newspaper, and was cited on a Wikipedia page. Dr. Campbell was pleased with the experience enough to publish nine other publications through the repository, including a Spanish language version of The Distanced Church. Srivi Ramasubramanian published an essay entitled The promise and perils of interracial dialogue in response to the BLM protests. Again, the success of her first publication led her to curate 26 other publications in OAK Trust. Kati Stoddard, an instructional faculty member, published an exemplary teaching resource, Academic Honesty Quiz, that seeks to support other faculty moving their courses online. The resource has been downloaded almost 1000 times in the few months is has been accessible. Finally, a community of engineering education faculty published survey results of the challenges their students faced as their classes moved online. The teaching resource has generated more than 2000 views and a citation. Again, the success of the project led the faculty to curate a large number of other documents in the repository.

In this talk, we will discuss the needs and interests of faculty, the role played by the library in supporting these projects, and the nature of the scholarly communication systems at Texas A&M that allow all of this to happen.

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Dianna Morganti

Texas A&M University Library


David Lowe

Digital Collections Management Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
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Jeannette Ho

Cataloging/Metadata Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Jeannette Ho holds the position of Cataloging/Metadata Librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries, where she catalogs monographs and participates in the management of the Libraries’ institutional repository, as well as the planning of her unit’s policies for the management and... Read More →
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Charity Stokes

Metadata/Series Cataloger, TAMU
Charity Martin began her career over 20 years ago as a serials cataloger.  Since then, she has worked both public and technical services; in academic, public and corporate libraries; and in public education.

Tuesday May 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Virtual https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93914804861