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Auckland Libraries Photographers Database

This database provides information on New Zealand photographers. It provides the name of the photographer / photographic studio, Studio address, known years of operation, and source of data. This information would be useful if provided as a CSV file and with a copyright licence / copyright waiver of CC 0. It would be more useful for me with the CC0 rights statement as I want to upload data elements from this dataset into Wikidata.

I'm building up the dataset of New Zealand historic photographers in Wikidata. The reason I'm doing this is for the overarching goal of having key information on New Zealand photographers readily available for those Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums that are digitising their collections and attempting to find out information about photographers to determine copyright duration (thus feeding into whether the digitising organisation can publish their digital surrogate online). In addition the more information known on dates of operation of photographic studios, the photographers known to be working at that time, the more likelihood there is that photographs can be correctly dated and provenanced. Having the Auckland Libraries dataset available will assist me in increasing the knowledge of New Zealand photographers.

If you're interested in my progress so far go to:
and cut and paste this SPARQL query on New Zealand photographers:

SELECT ?item ?itemLabel ?familyname ?familynameLabel
?item wdt:P106 wd:Q33231 . # Occupation is photographer
{?item wdt:P27 wd:Q664 } # Country of citizenship is New Zealand
UNION {?item wdt:P27 wd:Q2594990 } # or Country of citizenship is Dominion of New Zealand
UNION {?item wdt:P27 wd:Q5148518 } # or Country of citizenship is Colony of New Zealand
?item wdt:P734 ?familyname . # item also includes the value family name so it can be picked up in the dataset and for ordering purposes
SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "[AUTO_LANGUAGE],en". }
ORDER BY ASC(?familynameLabel) #order alphabetically by family name label

and then run it by clicking on the blue run button. There's also a second query for New Zealand photographic studios:

SELECT ?item ?itemLabel
?item wdt:P31 wd:Q672070 . # instance of photographic studio
{?item wdt:P17 wd:Q664 } # Country is New Zealand
UNION {?item wdt:P17 wd:Q2594990 } # or Country is Dominion of New Zealand
UNION {?item wdt:P17 wd:Q5148518 } # or Country is Colony of New Zealand
SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "[AUTO_LANGUAGE],en". }
ORDER BY ASC(?itemLabel) #order alphabetically by item name

Response from
Auckland Council

Preparing data for release

1 Comment

  • Victoria Leachman (Requester)

    I have written to Auckland Libraries using their general enquiries form requesting an update on my request. I understand that replatforming can take some time and I'm wondering, as this dataset is now completely offline, whether any further proegress has been made.