WikiRef

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This page is a proposal for a new Wikimedia Foundation Sister Project.
Status Closed (could be re-opened under new policy).
Reason Inactive proposal since 2006. Wikidata should take care of this now, in a way. --Sannita (talk) 17:53, 17 September 2013 (UTC)
What is the proposed name for the project? WikiRef
Project description
What is the project purpose? What will be its scope? How would it benefit to be part of Wikimedia?
How many wikis?
Will there be many language versions or just on one multilingual wiki?
How many languages?
Is the project going to be in one language or in many?


Technical requirements
If the project requires any new features that the MediaWiki software currently doesn't have, please describe in detail. Are additional MediaWiki extensions needed for the project?
Development wiki
Interested participants

WikiRef would be a place to store references for all Wikimedia projects, akin to Commons works for images. The classification system of the project is still under consideration, but languages and subjects could be two workable schemes.

Original post on English Wikipedia's Help Desk[edit]

Hello to all,

Days ago I was searching if there in some way similar to BibTeX to manage the references, like it is done in LaTeX, but for using in Wikipedia documents.

For those who do not know what is BibTeX, it is a database in text format that allows to store in a file you references (books, conferences, articles, etc), then it process the text document in order to insert the bibliographic references in the style (for example the American Mathematical Society bibliographic syle, etc) the user has specified before.

With this idea two things are gained:

First work saves itself since it is not necessary to write every time the reference that already you have used in other documents.

On the other hand there is no connection between the contents and its format. Since this idea connects with the possible styles of the author places the information in the document, for example that is in italic the title, author names in bold face, etc. The file (data base) does not store information about the style, the database engine (BibTeX) knows the style it has to put the information.

Now you can imagine it is a very good idea, but I have not seen there is the slightly similar one to use in Wikipedia. I have seen that exists some templates in order to simplify the reference process, such as: en:Template:Ref (for putting the link to a reference) and w:es:Plantilla:cita bibliografica (for putting the reference footnote, for example). Event it simplifies the process, you have to write each reference every time.

I have looked in the FAQ so much in English like in Spanish and have not seen anything about this topic.

Please I would appreciate any help about this, thanks,

P.D.: This idea open the door to specific repository of bibliographical references (WikiRef, for example), which all we can use, organised by categories, etc.

--194.140.65.241 12:01, 7 October 2005 (UTC) write me here