Wikipedia as the front matter to all research

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Come and join us Friday December 4, 2015 at 12pm Pacific Time to learn about unique identifiers and scholarly citations in Wikipedia, why they matter and how we can bridge the gap between the Wikimedia, research and librarian communities.

The brown bag will be publicly streamed on YouTube and you can join the conversation on IRC via #wikimedia-officeconnect.


Measuring citizen engagement with the scholarly literature through Wikipedia citations.[edit]

Geoffrey Bilder, CrossRef

Wikipedia (in toto) is probably the 5th largest referrer of citations to the scholarly literature. That is, more Wikipedia users click on and follow citations to the scholarly literature *from* Wikipedia domains than from any single scholarly publisher in the world. What does this tell us about general interest in the scholarly literature? What does this tell us about scholarly engagement with editing Wikipedia articles? The short answer is “we don’t know.” But we are actively working with Wikimedia to find out.

Geoffrey Bilder is Director of Strategic Initiatives at CrossRef, where he has led the technical development and launch of a number of scholarly communication initiatives including CrossCheck, CrossMark, ORCID and FundRef.

Building the sum of all human citations[edit]

Slides from my presentation

Dario Taraborelli, Wikimedia Foundation

As sourcing and verifiability of online information are threatened by the explosion of answer engines and the changing habits of web users, Wikimedia has an outstanding opportunity to extract and store source data for any conceivable statement and make it transparently verifiable by its users. In this talk, I’ll present a grassroots effort to create a human-curated, comprehensive repository of all human citations in Wikidata.

Dario Taraborelli is the Director of Research at the Wikimedia Foundation. As one of the authors of the altmetrics manifesto, he is passionate about technology to bridge the gap between scholarly communication, open knowledge and society.

Slides: Commons / Slideshare Video: YouTube (start at 24:59)

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