Submissions/Marking open-access references cited on Wikipedia

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

This session will take place at 10:30am on Friday, August 8, in the Fountain Room.

Submission no. 5029
Title of the submission

Marking open-access references cited on Wikipedia

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission
E-mail address
Daniel Mietchen
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
WikiProject Open Access
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

You're surfing a topic of great interest to you on Wikipedia, so interesting that you actually click through to the references. You're excited to read the original material, but all of a sudden you are foiled—you've hit a paywall! And $35 to read an article is just too steep.

We see this as a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about the Open Access (OA) movement.

The Wikimedia community continues to demonstrate an impressive commitment to access to human knowledge generally, as well as in collaboration with the wider free culture and open access movements. The Open Access Signalling project, stems from the English Wikipedia's WikiProject Open Access. The goal is to bring together two threads: first, to ensure the world's body of scholarly literature is available to all, and second, to enhance verifiability by improving the process and depth of reference to the works of others in Wikipedia. We are developing a prototype to mark-up citations with additional information, especially the copyright license. Additional information in-line with the citation may include any available source text (Wikisource) and source media (Wikimedia Commons).

With advances in technologies of marking content as Open Access in machine-readable ways, and the maturing of Wikidata, the technological infrastructure is coming into place to make our dream an automatic reality. We are creating a Wikipedia Robot ("bot") that will make the interface and process of adding and signalling Open Access content, even more simple than citing closed sources.

A demonstration of the software so far will be given, along with our roadmap to getting our OA signalling system deployed on Wikipedias of every language. Since we are not developing anything so radically new, but rather integrating pre-existing pieces, this presentation will also show how you can fit into this open movement.

  • Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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