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Library resources box[edit]

How are you choosing articles to add that "Library resources" template to? To me, it doesn't seem particularly useful, and it also doesn't seem like it should just be added to any article. Or, rather, I would say that either it should be added to every single article, or to none, or possibly to ones chosen for specific criteria. Has this been discussed somewhere? Qwyrxian (talk) 01:24, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for the comment. Based on my understanding of how people search for information I think that this box could prove very useful for a lot of people. It was created by a librarian (and I'm a librarian myself) because we know that a lot of people use Wikipedia articles to get an overview of a topic, and then look to other sources, perhaps by following the article's references. Libraries are a great source of further information and this template allows you to search in a library of your choosing in just one click. It will increase in usefulness as more libraries are added to the list to choose from.
You make an interesting point about the scope of choosing which articles should have the box. This is not something that's been discussed yet. Personally, I would like it to be added to all articles, but this is something we'll have to have a discussion about as a community. I was mostly choosing articles which I thought are likely to be looked at by students on popular undergraduate courses or courses that are run at my institution. Perhaps, as you suggest, it would be best to choose articles based on specific criteria. I think that others would be interested in this discussion so is it okay if we move it to the talk page of the template? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template_talk:Library_resources_box I can start a post in there asking for people's opinions about this. Lawsonstu (talk) 18:44, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
The problem with using the talk page of the template is that you can't use that to make a decision about adding it to thousands or even millions of articles. I recommend instead that you use the Village Pump (proposals) page, which is a much wider watched page where people make proposals that will have a significant impact across wide amounts of the 'pedia. Qwyrxian (talk) 04:45, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
Okay, good idea. Thanks. Lawsonstu (talk) 17:51, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

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  • The copyright owner emailed permissions-en@wikimedia.org on 25 March 2013 to give their permission. Lawsonstu (talk) 13:33, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

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A cup of coffee for you![edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG Thanks for cleaning up open access. If you ever want to talk open access and Wikipedia then contact me. Your userpage says you support London Wikimania 2014 - see you there. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:22, 8 July 2013 (UTC)


Hi! I will certainly be there; I'm becoming involved in organising it. One thing we'd like to encourage is engagement between the Wikimedia community and the open access community, so I'm starting to make contact with people from both to discuss how we can work together. I was planning to ask for your input because I'd noticed your name on a lot of open access pages. Great news that you'll be coming, and I'll definitely be in touch soon. Lawsonstu (talk) 15:34, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

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/* Wikimania 2014 London */[edit]

Re: One way in which I'm trying to do this is by working as part of the team planning the Wikimania 2014 conference in London. If you're interested in getting involved, please email me or leave a message on my talk page.

Namaste dear Wiki friend, Wikimania HK was a great experience with Sue, Lane, Jimmy, Edward and the entire sweet Wiki family, I would love to be a part of the Organizing Team and help in Volunteering Work, Media Relations for the Wikimania 2014 and in the forthcoming years or come as a Speaker, speak about Wikipedia and it's immense influence on Indian lifestyle, especially the diverse LGBTI community and why equal marriage laws is essential in every nation, worldwide from UK to India. Do update me at sourendra.das@gmail.com. Bhalo Theko, Best Wishes Sou Boyy (talk) 17:26, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
Hi Sou Boyy, that's great. Keep an eye on our conference wiki here: https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Lawsonstu (talk) 20:36, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

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Template:WikiProject Open[edit]

Hello. I saw that you made Template:WikiProject Open. I am not sure what is best to do with this - perhaps we should talk some time. Already Template:WikiProject Open Access covers about 300 articles - see the "assessment" section at Wikipedia:WikiProject Open Access. Most of those articles should not be in WikiProject Open Access, but rather WikiProject Open.

I wish there were an easy way to replace all WikiProject Open Access templates with WikiProject Open, and then make WikiProject Open Access a task force of WikiProject Open. If that happened then all WP OA articles could be part of the metrics of WP Open, but they could also be seen alone, and no article would need both tags. That would also leave room for a future of other open projects, like tagging for a WikiProject OER or open data.

What you are doing by putting WP Open templates on things does not hurt, and there is no ready way to quickly do things the right way, and doing sorting like this is a time sink with limited payout after a point. I am just writing to acknowledge appreciation for what you are doing, and to say that what you have done to this point brings the needed benefit of establishing a scope for WikiProject Open, but at some point in the future this kind of tagging will need to be reformed and all options which I see are a bit messy. If you feel that it is fruitful to continue tagging then there is no harm in this. I am not sure what is best. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:38, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Hi Lane, yes it would be good to talk. I think the next time I'm free would be Sunday or Monday evenings UK time (you're on the US East coast, right?). I've already replaced the Template:WikiProject Open Access with the Template:WikiProject Open on about 50 articles, thus removing them from the Open Access category. The other articles I've added Template:WikiProject Open to currently have both templates. I don't mind doing this, because one of my jobs gives me a lot of free time which I can only spend on tiny micro-tasks like this, but yeah it's not exactly efficient!
I'll probably carry on for now, but a better way of tagging would be great. The task force thing sounds interesting, I've never had any experience with those. Do you mean this? - Lawsonstu (talk) 16:41, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
Yes, okay, replacing the boxes is best if you do not mind. For open access articles, eventually they should only have the new template, but that template needs to be modified to make open access a sub project of open. I have done this before. If you like doing what you are doing, then what you are doing will get the project where it should be. Blue Rasberry (talk) 12:47, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

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Open-access dispute[edit]

I'm sorry, we're going to lock horns on this one. The hyphen is utterly necessary and in use, even though a few major groups have unilaterally decided to ignore it. We write for non-experts here. I'm going to revert back again later today. I wish I'd been alerted to that discussion. Tony (talk) 23:34, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi Tony, now that the Open-access journal article name has been changed, might I suggest we have a full discussion on the talk page of Open access before any further changes are made to either article? I'll write a summary of my position there and invite comments. The decisions on this point have been made in a rather ad-hoc way so far, so I think it would be useful to have a full discussion where all interested parties can see it. The most recent page move has separated the 'Open(-)access journal' article from its talk page. - Lawsonstu (talk) 08:23, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
I have now set out the issue, and my position, on the Open access talk page. - Lawsonstu (talk) 09:02, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Unfinished business: you had no consensus to go unilaterally changing the accepted English typography, when some sources do do the right thing. Nor did your friend have consensus to go changing open-source journal back to an illiterate form. Tony (talk) 15:36, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

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Open access[edit]

You're right, thanks, it is better placed later on -- I have chosen the "funding issues" section. Also I checked the ref. and it was not quite correct -- now ok. Ankababel (talk) 15:02, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, I think that was an appropriate change. I was wary of deleting your edit entirely, because it is important to make sure that the article does cover dissenting and sceptical viewpoints on open access. So the latest edit is a useful one. - Lawsonstu (talk) 20:10, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

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Article-level metrics[edit]

Hi Stu, I think this is the correct capitalization for this article, not Article-Level Metrics (see WP:NCCAPS). Cheers. --Randykitty (talk) 13:31, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

I thought it might be! I can't move the page to Article-level metrics though because of the re-direct that exists there. Do you know how to deal with that? Thanks. - Lawsonstu (talk) 14:43, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
Can't do it either, it needs an admin. I'll take care of it. --Randykitty (talk) 14:51, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
Cool, thanks. Lawsonstu (talk) 15:07, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Open Access Reader - Grant deadline today[edit]

Hi Stuart - Ed may have contacted you separately but just in case not - I'm flagging up the grant proposal which is being submitted tonight. If you have thoughts, even at this late hour, you could still edit or drop a line on the talk page? :) Leela0808 (talk) 19:08, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

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