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  • Is there any chance that a partnership with the digital library HathiThrust is possible? https://www.hathitrust.org/. Mainly english, but several europeans languages as well, huge database of books, maybe not have an acces to everything but at least to the Public domain content. Thanks for the answer. --Chome36 (talk) 18:25, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
    Hi Chome36, we've spoken a few times with HathiTrust and they are split and somewhat constrained. Let me explain: On the one hand, institutions use HT as a repository for their proprietary holdings; we can't touch these. On the other hand HT has lots of OA and PD content. The parts of this which are already open and freely available online are already free to us. There's a darker segment of OA or PD content which is hosted by a partner institution, and which HT still places under the institutions restricts on use. To put it simply, from speaking with HT, we have access already to as much as HT permits, and no greater access would be possible under their current policy. Please let me know if you have other ideas or suggestions about how we could use or integrate HT. Cheers, Jake Ocaasi (WMF) (talk) 17:22, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Database Access (September 2015)[edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for free, full-access accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for new accounts and research materials from:

  • EBSCOHost - this is one of our largest access donations so far: access to a wide variety of academic, newspaper and magazine sources through their Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete and MasterFILE Complete
  • Newspaperarchive.com - historical newspapers from the United States, Canada, UK and 20 other countries, and includes an Open Access "clipping" feature (1000 accounts)
  • IMF Elibary- a digital collection of the IMF's reports, studies and research on global economics and development (50 accounts)
  • Sabinet - one of the largest African digital publishers, based in South Africa, with a wide range of content in English and other European and African languages (10 accounts)
  • Numérique Premium - a French language social science and humanities ebook database, with topical collections on a wide range of topics (100)
  • Al Manhal - an Arabic and English database with a wide range of sources, largely focused on or published in the Middle East (60 accounts)
  • Jamalon - an Arabic book distributor, who is providing targeted book delivery to volunteers (50 editors)

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including expanded accounts for Elsevier ScienceDirect, British Medical Journal and Dynamed and additional accounts for Project MUSE, DeGruyter, Newspapers.com, Highbeam and HeinOnline. Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 19:42, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

We need help! Help us coordinate Wikipedia Library's distribution of accounts, communication of access opportunities and more! Please join our team at our new coordinator signup.
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New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (December 2015)[edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for, free, full-access accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for new accounts and research materials from:

  • Gale - multidisciplinary periodicals, newspapers, and reference sources - 10 accounts
  • Brill - academic e-books and journals in English, Dutch, and other languages - 25 accounts
  • Finnish Literature Society (in Finnish)
  • Magiran (in Farsi) - scientific journal articles - 100 articles
  • Civilica (in Farsi) - Iranian journal articles, seminars, and conferences - 50 accounts

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including EBSCO, DeGruyter, and Newspaperarchive.com. Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 01:01, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

Help us a start Wikipedia Library in your language! Email us at wikipedialibrary@wikimedia.org
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Stories for our Newsletter?[edit]

Hello all Library coordinators!

(Apologies for the English)

Once again, the time has come to collect Wikipedia Library stories in our newsletter, Books & Bytes. We would love to hear from Library branches about how things are going on their projects. Successes, difficulties, new programs, partnerships, and ideas are all very welcome. Please submit your stories (either to the talk page of the newsletter, or to the email thread on the topic) no later than next Wednesday, February 10th!

A reminder that Meta has some great resources for coordinators - make sure to update your Global Branch page with what you are doing!

We hope that 2016 is starting to be a good year for your branch. Remember, everyone is free to use the Wikipedia Library mailing list for anything Library-related - sharing news stories, advice, or just saying hi!


Best regards, Patrick Earley (WMF) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:22, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (March 2016)[edit]


Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for free, full-access accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for access to research materials from:

  • Cambridge University Press - a major publisher of academic journals and e-books in a variety of subject areas. Access includes both Cambridge Journals Online and Cambridge Books. 25 accounts.
  • Alexander Street Academic Video Online - a large academic video collection good for a wide range of subjects, including news programs (such as PBS and BBC), music and theatre, lectures and demonstrations, and documentaries. 25 accounts.
  • Baylor University Press - a publisher of academic e-books primarily in religious studies and the humanities. 50 accounts.
  • Future Science Group - a publisher of medical, biotechnological and scientific research. 30 accounts.
  • Annual Reviews - a publisher of review articles in the biomedical sciences. 100 accounts.
  • Miramar Ship Index - an index to ships and their histories since the early 19th century. 30 accounts.

Non-English

  • Noormags - Farsi-language aggregator of academic and professional journals and magazines. 30 accounts.
  • Kotobna - Arabic-language ebook publishing platform. 20 accounts.

Expansions

  • Gale - aggregator of newspapers, magazines and journals. 50 accounts.
  • Elsevier ScienceDirect - an academic publishing company that publishes medical and scientific literature. 100 accounts.

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including Project MUSE, De Gruyter, EBSCO, Newspapers.com and British Newspaper Archive. Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 20:30, 17 March 2016 (UTC)


You can host and coordinate signups for a Wikipedia Library branch in your own language. Please contact Ocaasi (WMF).
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Italians[edit]

I've helped to translate some pages in Italian some months ago, I see there are not a lot of it-N volunteers yet. I have therefore lft a message on itWikisource, if some Italian librarian there is interested to take a look.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:36, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Poke authors via Dissemin[edit]

Dissemin offers neat dashboards like http://dissem.in/0000-0002-3745-7931/ which list the known paywalled but depositable articles by an author. It would be nice to make a list of all paywalled DOI citations on Wikipedia, search their authors on Dissemin and then have the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. Ocaasi) send them all an invitation to use said Dissemin dashboards to deposit all their articles in Zenodo and thus help Wikipedia citations be more accessible. Nemo 20:05, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

Really neat idea Nemo. I actually know someone in the OA community who has been toying with this idea for the past 2 years. I'll pass it on to them and see what we can do together. Cheers! Jake Ocaasi (WMF) (talk) 21:17, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
In the meanwhile, we got a list of DOIs, but I still have to figure out the best way to extract contact information. Nemo 05:29, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
Note to self: there's also https://oadoi.org/ (via [1]). --Nemo 09:38, 23 January 2017 (UTC)

Remember to follow https://github.com/dissemin/dissemin/issues/251 for updates. We already got dozens of papers self-archived in open access. --Nemo 08:52, 26 August 2017 (UTC)

Are you coming to Wikimania 2016?[edit]

Then please bring books along! See The Wikipedia Library/Esino. Thanks, --Elitre (talk) 14:08, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library accounts available now (August 2016)[edit]


Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for free, full-access, accounts to published research as part of our publisher donation program. You can now sign up for new accounts and research materials from:

  • Nomos – Primarily German-language publisher of law and social sciences books and journals - 25 accounts
  • World Scientific – Scientific, technical, and medical journals - 50 accounts
  • Edinburgh University Press – Humanities and social sciences journals - 25 accounts
  • American Psychological Association – Psychology books and journals - 10 accounts
  • Emerald – Journals on a range of topics including business, education, health care, and engineering - 10 accounts

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including Project MUSE, EBSCO, DeGruyter, Gale and Newspaperarchive.com.

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 18:38, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

You can host and coordinate signups for a Wikipedia Library branch in your own language! Please contact Ocaasi (WMF).
This message was delivered via the Global Mass Message tool to The Wikipedia Library Global Delivery List.

TWL Facebook group[edit]

Hi everyone! I am happy to announce that we now have a Facebook group The Wikipeda Library for better interaction with users and coordinators. Please feel free to join and invite your friends to join the group! Regards—UY Scuti Talk 17:45, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

another referencing task[edit]

another task would be fixing old references to thomas.gov. we had an editathon, w:Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/THOMAS.gov_Link_Clean-Up, but there are 4000 to go. cheers. Slowking4 (talk) 15:38, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (November 2016)[edit]


Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for free, full-access, accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for new accounts and research materials from:

Expansions

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page. Sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 18:30, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

You can host and coordinate signups for a Wikipedia Library branch in your own language. Please contact Ocaasi (WMF).
This message was delivered via the Global Mass Message tool to The Wikipedia Library Global Delivery List.

Sign up for the new Wikipedia Library User Group![edit]

Hello Wikimedians! After much contemplation and planning, The Wikipedia Library has decided to move forward its longtime desire of bringing together Wikipedians and librarians by creating a user group. The user group is yet to be recognized by the Affiliations Committee, but you are welcome to sign up as a member by adding your name in the user group meta page. Once you do that, please join the discussion in deciding the user group name, logo, and organizers. You can even volunteer to lead the group! And of course please don't forget to invite your friends! The user group intends to,

Wikipedia Library User Group logo.svg
  • provide guidance for Wikimedians engaging with libraries, and libraries engaging with Wikimedia,
  • provide a venue for the exchange of ideas around collaborations and opportunities for Wikimedia and libraries,
  • work with libraries and library information schools promoting the use of Wikipedia in their curriculum, and
  • reach out to libraries that could potentially engage with Wikimedia.

Join us and help spread the news! Thank you, AVasanth (WMF), via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:58, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (May 2017)[edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for free, full-access, accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for new accounts and research materials from:

Expansions

  • Gale – Biography In Context database added
  • Adam Matthew – all 53 databases now available

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including Project MUSE, EBSCO, Taylor & Francis and Newspaperarchive.com.

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 18:52, 2 May 2017 (UTC)

You can host and coordinate signups for a Wikipedia Library branch in your own language. Please contact Aaron.
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RfC Announce: Wikimedia referrer policy[edit]

In February of 2016 the Wikimedia foundation started sending information to all of the websites we link to that allow the owner of the website (or someone who hacks the website, or law enforcement with a search warrant / subpoena) to figure out what Wikipedia page the user was reading when they clicked on the external link.

The WMF is not bound by Wikipedia RfCs, but we can use an advisory-only RfC to decide what information, if any, we want to send to websites we link to and then put in a request to the WMF. I have posted such an advisory-only RfC, which may be found here:

Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)#RfC: Wikimedia referrer policy]

Please comment so that we can determine the consensus of the Wikipedia community on this matter.

Note: This was posted at the request[2] of Astinson (WMF)]. Any questions regarding canvassing should be addressed to him.

--Guy Macon (talk) 17:30, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Unexpected email[edit]

I just got an email saying I've been waitlisted. I didn't recently sign up, does this mean my existing access has been revoked? — xaosflux Talk 22:50, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

For what it's worth, the only database I signed up for previously, JSTOR, is still working: "Your access to JSTOR provided by JSTOR, in collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation". — xaosflux Talk 22:57, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
Hi Xaosflux and anyone else getting these messages: the developer for Library Card is importing data from all of the old spreadsheets/Google Forms, and it sounds like that's resulting in a bunch of strange emails getting sent out. Your access is exactly the same, and you don't need to do anything in response to this. Nikkimaria (talk) 00:07, 16 July 2017 (UTC)

Server error on wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org[edit]

When attempting to logon to wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org, I'm getting error:

Internal server error

Something went wrong.

Please email us about this error at wikipedialibrary@wikimedia.org or report it to us on Phabricator (?). 
xaosflux Talk 22:51, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
This is very likely this error. Nikkimaria (talk) 00:08, 16 July 2017 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library Card platform[edit]

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The Wikipedia Library team are happy to announce the migration of our free research access signups to the Library Card platform! The Library Card is a centralised location for signing up to all of the free resources available through the library - now totalling over 60 publishers and databases offering access to more than 80,000 paywalled periodicals to help you research and find citations for Wikipedia articles. On-wiki signup pages have been archived, and all future signups will be coordinated on the platform.

Log in directly with your Wikipedia account via OAuth, and if you find resources that would be useful to you, please sign up! Ongoing development will be occurring for the site, so please let us know if you run into any error messages or unexpected behaviour. You can flag bugs directly on Phabricator.

Later this year we'll be integrating an authentication system, enabling direct access to resources using your Wikipedia login. No more need to remember separate logins for each website! We'll also be using this system to allow automated no-application-required access to a subset of partners, and integrating it with a search tool to make it easier to figure out which aggregator or publisher has the content you need! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 20:39, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Withdraw request[edit]

Hey, I just asked for access to JSTOR. Then, I realized that I can simply get that access through my university and now I dont need the access request through Wikipedia and I wont even get it since I can get one through the uni. How do I withdraw my application?.--Attar-Aram syria (talk) 09:29, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

@Attar-Aram syria: Hi, I just went through the requests list and couldn't find your application. So I guess you wouldn't have to worry about withdrawing your request. Thanks--AVasanth (WMF) (talk) 13:30, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
@AVasanth (WMF): Hey, thanks for replying. I checked and its still there. You can find it on this link: [3].--Attar-Aram syria (talk) 14:02, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
@Attar-Aram syria: Ah, thanks for pointing it out. I have marked it as 'not approved'. --AVasanth (WMF) (talk) 14:06, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

Privacy[edit]

Some of the resources in the Library Card platform require that you provide real life information like your name and where you work, and that information apparently needs to be provided in the WMF information form.

Would you please address:

  • Who within the WMF and the WMF projects has access to this private information?
  • What restrictions, if any, are there on what the resource partners do with this information? Part of that is whether the private information linking the user name to real life identity is protected by the partner and what the consequences for the resources partners are, if that privacy is breached. The other part is more general.

If this is addressed elsewhere and I missed it, I apologize and would appreciate a pointer to the existing discussion. I didn't find it. Jytdog (talk) 19:21, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Hey Jytdog. Important question...
We have always disclosed that information would be shared with partners and with WMF staff and contractors and volunteer coordinators who signed a non-disclosure agreement:
"You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate. You understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia Library, and JSTOR. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or JSTOR), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library."
Per our new Wikipedia Library Card Platform we've detailed that policy along with what information is shared with whom: Terms of Use.
That's the easy part of the question. The answer relating to partners is less definitive because each partner has a different Terms of Use that editors agree to when signing up for access to them. The short but unsatisfying answer thus is, information shared with partners is bound by the partners' own privacy policy.
I understand the deeper underlying concern, that partners should under no circumstances publicly reveal the real name or other identifying information about a Wikipedia editor. We currently don't have a mechanism to require that partners never do this. Implementing one would take some considerable re-investment into our standard agreements with them, if it is possible within our current framework at all. It's worth considering and thank you for raising the issue so we can evaluate it. In the meantime, requests for real names are just requests and providing a pseudonym would be a simple way to avoid the problem if you're worried about it.
Cheers, Jake Ocaasi (WMF) (talk) 20:34, 21 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for answering! Jytdog (talk) 20:52, 21 August 2017 (UTC)