New Front Matter to Science

Wikipedia as the Front Matter to All Research. A brown bag talk on scholarly citations on Wikipedia with Geoffrey Bilder (CrossRef) and Dario Taraborelli (Wikimedia Foundation).

YOUTUBE mB_oexqz8pA Streamed live on Dec 4, 2015.

Measuring citizen engagement with the scholarly literature through Wikipedia citations. 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.

Building the sum of all human citations 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.

Bonus read: a real-time tracker of scholarly citations added to Wikipedia, built with Raspberry Pi. post