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Summer 7-21-2021


Inspired by the 96 people whose images appear on San Francisco’s Ella Hill Hutch Community Center murals, students in the University of San Francisco Martín-Baró Scholars and Esther Madríz Diversity Scholars programs (2015-2019) wrote and edited Changemakers: Biographies of African Americans in San Francisco Who Made a Difference. The biographies within celebrate Black excellence and honor the legacies of African American educators, community activists, politicians, sports figures, pastors, doctors, entertainers, artists, and parents in San Francisco.

In 2020, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) issued a call for participation in a pilot project to explore Wikidata community practices and establish relationships between Wikidata and library authority files. An interdepartmental Gleeson Library working group chose to create or enhance Wikidata items for the 96 persons listed in the Changemakers book. The list gave the working group a discrete set of identities and offered the potential to tie into existing Wikimedia/Wikipedia projects/articles and collaborate with campus centers and students on projects of significance to University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on underrepresented communities.


This poster was presented at the 2021 LD4 Conference on Linked Data, "Building Connections Together".

Archived website links that appear in the poster by section:

Challenges: historic first

Reflections: statement on why it was not used

Future Steps: Fillmore Activist Project

Acknowledgments: Martín-Baró Scholars, Esther Madríz Diversity Scholars, Engage San Francisco, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and Common Good, PCC Wikidata Pilot, Changemakers, USF Wikidata Project Page