“VIAF integration into Wikipedia” was the cry I kept on hear repetitively when I first joined OCLC as Wikipedian in Residence. It took a moment to realize though that I was hearing the sentiment so often because it was both Wikipedians and Librarians alike that were advocating for the integration.

Watch the video for an overview of the project:

Now the collaboration to edit 250,000 Wikipedia pages is growing closer. With data and permissions obtained from OCLC and VIAF, Wikipedia community approval is all that remains. After a warm reception at the Wikipedia Village Pump, the next step of the process commences – sitewide Request for Comment. It’s requested, so you may as well comment on this Authority control integration proposal.

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