Media Art on Wikipedia

Mediakunst op Wikipedia

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Media art on Wikipedia is a three-year project initiated by LIMA, the Amsterdam-based platform for media art, running from 2021 till 2023. The founding partners are Wikimedia Nederland, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Van Abbemuseum, Frans Hals Museum and the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (de Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed - RCE).

The aim of the project is threefold: to increase the online visibility of media art from national and international collections, to create more awareness for the artists and their works amongst a broader audience and to make the meta data (artists and artworks) of the participating media art collections accessible as linked open data through Wikidata to enable further data-based projects on media art worldwide.

Over the course of this project, 500+ Wikipedia articles will be created about media artists from the collections of all participating partners.

The Opportunities of Open Data

For a robust and reusable representation of media art in Wikipedia, feeding metadata on artists and artworks into Wikidata is critical, as Wikidata serves as the central repository for structured data for Wikipedia.

Releasing the data on media art through Wikidata supports the creation of the according Wikipedia articles, and is a unique opportunity to make controlled metadata accessible online as linked open data. Overall, this contributes to increasing the visibility of the media art collections.

Various national and international knowledge partners are involved in this process, including NDE (Dutch Network Digital Heritage), DEN (Dutch knowledge institute culture & digital transformation) and now also ZKM.

Partnership with ZKM

The partnership with ZKM has three areas of cooperation:

-    ZKM shares meta data on the artists and artworks of their collection.

-    ZKM and LIMA commonly develop data models to insert meta data of media artworks into Wikidata.

-    ZKM and LIMA will co-organize writing workshops on media artists from the ZKM collection.

Team - Department Collection, Archives & Research


  • LIMA
  • Wikimedia Nederland
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Van Abbemuseum
  • Frans Hals Museum
  • Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE)

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