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Barbara Fischer, German National Library’s Agency for Standardization


Open Authority control – doing the impossible

“Linked Data increases impact: Let’s transfer ideas gained in big data communities such as Wikipedia and Gemeinsame Normdatei (authority control) to Digital Humanities: linking and structured data increases the impact of what we are doing.”

About me

I am a committed art manager bringing people together to enhance the impact of arts, culture, and heritage. I started my digital trail working in Wikimedia projects. Cocreating formats like the popular hackathon Coding da Vinci partnering GLAMs and Coders.

Today I am a 100% wikified: I endorse volunteer communities and free licenses fostering visibility of digital GLAM content. I work to increase the quality of metadata through Authority Control to foster retrieval and linked data. This is why I work as Liaison Counsel at the German National Library’s Agency for Standardization to encourage cooperation and openness in the digital transformation.


Barbara Katharina Fischer
Office for Library Standards