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WikiCite: Imagining the future




What comes next for the Wikicite project, and how should we scope our technical work, our outreach, and our ambitions? Is Wikidata the right home for all the world's bibliographic metadata, for that subset referenced by the Wikimedia projects, or something in between? For each path, how do we balance concerns about data authority & control, openness, comprehensiveness, & technical scaleability that are held by the project's many stakeholders -- Wikipedians, Wikidatians, librarians, publishers, reusers? What is the world of open bibliographic metadata that we want to see and create?

This talk will introduce these questions and kick off Day 2's strategy sessions, where collectively we will address this question (what is the future of Wikicite), develop actionable ways forward and projects, and share our results.

slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WvLRbhllzfOF30pkv0Hu47Pv7LYwlzbmAf3HwaYXwhQ/edit?usp=sharing


Wikimania 2012

Phoebe Ayers is a librarian and Wikipedian, not always in that order. She is currently the librarian for electrical engineering & computer science at MIT, where she works with faculty, students & researchers to help them find things and understand how published information works. She was previously at UC Davis as the librarian for electrical engineering, computer science, and physics. Professionally she is interested in computer science education, research data & software management, promoting open access, and helping librarians with Wikipedia. She's been editing Wikipedia since 2003, Wikidata since 2013, was a member of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees 2010-2015, and is the co-author of How Wikipedia Works (No Starch Press, 2008). She passed her cataloging class but is definitely not a metadata librarian.

Background essay for Wikicite 2016: What's a citation good for, anyway?

Pronouns: she / hers.