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Updates 2021[edit]

  • The paper "References in Wikipedia: The Editors’ Perspective" was accepted at WikiWorkshop 2021
  • Presentation of Scribe at the Qurator Conference 2021 description of the presentation

Updates 2020[edit]

  • Scribe was deployed on Arabic and Catalan Wikipedia

Monthly Report June/July[edit]

Monthly Report May/June[edit]

  • We implemented the filtering mechanisms for references. After discussions, we decided to display all scores that we extract rather than just not displaying the reference at all. This leads to some changes to the interface we are still discussing.
  • The new content needs to be added to the database. Additionally, new tables have to be created for the reference meta-information and we are creating lists of red links for the articles that can be created with Scribe.
  • Eugene created tables to record statistics about the Scribe usage.
  • After talking to Arabic community members, one of the admins deployed Scribe as a gadget on Arabic Wikipedia. \o/

Monthly Report April/May[edit]

  • We focused on how to filter references after retrieving them from a search engine for this we set the following first steps:
    • The reference has been used on the Wikipedia overall and in particular in this domain (domain retrieved from Wikidata)
    • The reference is the official website of a Wikidata entity and then we can filter on properties of the Wikidata entity (e.g. is the entity an **instance of** a news agency or a social network etc.)
  • For the above factors, we planned and implemented the following:
    • Get a cloud server to run experiments with large datasets
    • Create whitelist for all of the Arabic and Catalan Wikipedia for filtering
    • Start the coding for the match with Wikidata and extract information
  • In terms of the interface, we redesigned the interface after the conversation with the WMF UX team
    • The interface now has elements embedded directly in the visual editor rather than as a layover
    • This has been already implemented in the new gadget
    • Demo video to follow
  • We wrote mails to the Arabic and Catalan mailinglist to get the gadget deployed on their respective Wikipedias, but have not heard back yet

Monthly Report March/April[edit]

  • Integrating Scribe as a Module in the Mobile extension
  • Meeting with the WMF UX team recording meeting notes
  • Integrating new with recommended design flows from the meeting with the WMF UX team
  • Research on reference extraction, collections references for 200 Ar and 200 Ca Wikidata Items.

Monthly Report February/March[edit]

  • New prototype for Scribe on
    Demo video of the Scribe Gadget
  • Participation in design review of WMF to discuss Scribe interface (desktop and mobile)
  • Redesign of mobile logic
  • Research on reference extraction, first implementations
  • Plan community outreach

Monthly Report January/February[edit]

  • Become interface admin on to install gadgets
  • Deployment of the gadget for desktop on
  • Bugfixes and others
  • Different plans for reference extraction

Monthly Report December/January[edit]

  • Code for whitelist for references most used on each Wikipedia language: [1]
  • Presentation of Scribe at Credibility Coalition & NewsQ Workshop in New York, USA
  • Presentation of Scribe at Citizen Beta, London, UK
  • Organization of meetup for researcher and Wikimedians to exchange in London, UK

Monthly Report November/December[edit]

Screenshot of the prototype of Scribe by Eugene
  • Working on creating a prototype for Scibe
    • Eugene created a first version of Scribe as a gadget
    • Eugene created a tool for the backend of Scribe on toolabs
  • Selecting examples for the test version of GLAM institutions in Arabic and Catalan
  • Adding examples to the database
  • Automated section selection for GLAM institutions, creating templates of sections for different types
  • Exchange with organizers of WikiCredCon about references on Wikipedia
  • Created a project on github for the code (both for the interface and the research part)

Monthly Report October/November[edit]

Portrait of Eugene
We are very excited to work with Eugene for the next months on Scribe!
Presentation of the Scribe project at WikidataCon 2019 in Berlin

Monthly Report September/October[edit]

Monthly Report August/September[edit]

Selfie of Hady and Lucie in front of the Scribe presentation
Presenting the mobile prototype of Scribe at the Wikimania hackathon showcase
  • Wikimania 2019 Hackathon:
    • Alongside with Joe Reeve, we made a mobile web early prototype of Scribe that works on the Wikipedia visual editor. The demo suggests chunk editing spaces to new editors based on sections and references from Wikidata and the web. This demo works on the Czech language.

Monthly Report July/August[edit]

The first month of our project focused on administration work: We had to figure out how we would tax the project funds, how to hire and pay a developer and many small tasks, that come with the start of the project.

At the same time, we wanted to prepare the outreach and possible collaborations with the communities, that we believe could be interested in our work:

  • For the research community, we plan to find researchers that are interested in collaborations in the topic around Scribe
  • For the Wikimedia community, we want to introduce the editors to the project, collect their opinion and understand how they currently edit to draw from their experience
    • We started submitted and prepared a presentation at Wikimania, as part of the community growth space
    • We got an ethics approval for interviews from the University of Southampton to conduct a series of interviews with editors
    • We started a survey and interviews with editors across different language Wikipedias that give us first insights into their editing. We plan to continue those interviews, the link to sign up for participation can be found here
      Presenting the Scribe protoype at the Wikimedia Hackathon 2019 in Prague
  • Finally, one of the communities we want to address is the technical volunteer community of Wikimedia Projects. We believe to build a sustainable project, we need to include the technical volunteers from the very beginning of the project
    • We participated in the Wikimedia hackathon (a blogpost about the experience can be found here) with a poster
    • We created a Scribe Phabricator Board to keep track of tasks in a way that makes it easy for interested community members to participate
    • We worked with two programmers on the prototype of Scribe at the hackathon. We are happy to announce that there is a very first prototype in the form of a user script, that gives an idea of how the project works
    • We are participating in the hackathon leading to Wikimania 2019 in Sweden. Again, we plan to show volunteers the different possibilities to work with us on Scribe's technical part