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The Wikipedia Library

open research hub
The Wikipedia Library connects editors with libraries, open access resources, pay-walled databases, digital reference tools, and research experts
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The Wikipedia Library is a place for active Wikipedia editors to gain access to the vital reliable sources that they need to do their work and to be supported in using those resources to improve the encyclopedia. We aim to make access and use of sources free, easy, collaborative and efficient.




Wikipedia Library News


Related News
  • The US National Archives is offering a new virtual internship program for Wikipedians: [1].
  • The Computer History Museum, located in the Silicon Valley, California is seeking a Digital Archivist: [2]
  • WikiData started a Periodicals Task force: Periodicals Task Force.
  • Wikimedia UK arranged a Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Royal Society. User:Johnbod is taking the spot: [3]
  • The Ada Lovelace Academy opened a digital school for young adults: [4]
  • The British Library donated a million public-domain images: https://github.com/BL-Labs/imagedirectory [5] [6]. Talks are underway for how to catalogue and integrate these images on Commons: [7].
  • The National Museum of Korea announce high quality images of 7,300 artifacts would be released, and thousands pages of old books: [8]
  • The European Commission launches pilot to open up publicly funded research data: [9]
  • The Paleobiology Database is now CC BY: [10]. UNESCO launched a CC Open Access Repository: [11].
  • BioMed Central moves to CC BY 4.0 and CC0 for data: [12].
  • Norway will begin digitizing every book in its National Library and making free to access for any Norwegian citizen with a Norwegian IP address: [13]
  • The Open Knowledge Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with the BBC (BBC did so as well with with the Europeana Foundation, the Open Data Institute and the Mozilla Foundation: [14]
  • UK students David Carroll and Joseph McArthur's Open Access Button is developing: [15].
  • The US Department of Defense signed an exclusive agreement to license public domain archives: [16]
  • Elsevier issued takedown notices to professors posting copies of their papers on research sharing site Academia.edu: [17]
  • Ann Okerson wrote a great reflection about the state of open access: [18]. The Open Science Center interviewed leading OA advocates as well: [19]. Dan Cohen considered "CC-0 (+BY) as an ideal system for freedom with optional 'ethical' attribution: [20].
  • NISO published a best practices guideline proposal for html metadata to identify the accessibility and reuse rights of a work: [21]. (Compare with WikiProject Open Access' Open access signalling pilot idea.)
  • Neat TED talk on the future of libraries in the 21st century: [22]
  • Out of 31 "informational world cities", a German survey of libraries by the University of Düsseldorf ranked two Canadian library systems, Vancouver and Montreal, as the best in the world: [23]
  • Open Data Day is coming, February 22: [24]
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Goals[edit]

We are working together towards 5 big goals that create an open hub for conducting research:

  • Connect editors with their local library and freely accessible resources
  • Partner to provide free access to paywalled publications, databases, universities, and libraries
  • Build relationships among our community of editors, libraries, and librarians
  • Facilitate research for Wikipedians, helping editors to find and use sources
  • Promote broader open access in publishing and research



How to do it[edit]

The Wikipedia Library supports editors to find existing sources that are accessible already, while arranging partnerships which provide access to paywalled sources. Here's how we do this:

Donation of accounts by individual publishers. We approach research databases and simply ask for donation. We have over 4,500 accounts from HighBeam, Questia, Credo, JSTOR, and Cochrane. This provides direct access, which would individually cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Let's find ways to scale these partnerships to be more comprehensive and easier to manage.
Wikipedia Visiting Scholars. Suggested by Peter Suber at the Harvard Open Access project, we will approach university libraries or academic units within institutions and invite them to designate select Wikipedia editors as remote, unpaid visiting scholars, research affiliates or fellows with full library access. This builds our relationships with university libraries in lightweight ways. Why shouldn't every university library in the world have one Wikipedia visiting scholar on staff?
University partnerships. We'll target whole institutions and connect The Wikipedia Library with their library resources directly; for example, "The Wikipedia Library, partnered with MIT." This is a way to scale source access, although it is more challenging technically and legally.
Library catalogue integration. Connecting to the multitude of existing source indexes and databases streamlines the research process for editors. We're exploring a partnership with OCLC, the world's largest library cooperative, to facilitate easier searching for and access to both open and closed access books, journals, and digital collections.
Leverage our Wikipedia researchers. Through the Reference Desk, Resource Exchange, and Wikiproject Libraries, we have an army of talented information specialists. Let's connect with and support those research experts to use their skills for the benefit of the community by piloting a Research desk, Query service or Enquiry workflow. Why shouldn't every library professional spend one hour per week helping Wikipedia editors expand the encyclopedia through better research?
Build tools which support research. Developing technology to connect directly with available sources, library search interfaces, citation indexes, and authorized websites makes all this easier.
Make open access obvious. Piloting programs that signal when sources are freely accessible, and streamline pathways to collections of open repositories and publications encourages the cycle of open access.
Connect with Libraries: Through programs like Wikipedia Loves Libraries and other GLAM initiatives, let's help institutions put on events and editathons that connect editors to institutions, their staff, and their collections.



Research Resources[edit]



The Wikipedia community is overflowing with reference and research experts, digital librarians, information curators, open access supporters, and database tools. Here's how you can find them and use them:

  1. Reference desk: ask questions and get answers about specific research topics on Wikipedia
  2. Resource exchange: find sources and trade access to references you need for building articles
  3. Resource collections: access research in many fields using freely available sources
  4. Book sources: search open library catalogs for the works that define your research
  5. Free newspaper sources: a list of major English newspaper sources that are free to access and text-searchable
  6. Wikiproject Libraries: join a community of Wikipedians passionate about libraries
  7. Global library networks: help us partner with the world's library cooperatives, like OCLC
  8. Account donations: access free accounts donated to the Wikipedia Library by partners



Join In[edit]

You're invited to join in this open project! Help Wikipedians collaborate and do amazing research. There are numerous ways to get involved--project management, institutional outreach, research assistance, community organizing, library help, technology and tool-building, graphic design--we'll find a path that best uses your strengths. Get involved.

Sign up for free access[edit]

Generous donations from our partners have given us thousands of free accounts. More are on the way. Sign up for the ones you want and can use.


Read the newsletter[edit]

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Wise words[edit]

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

 

My library

Was dukedom large enough.

William Shakespeare

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

Albert Einstein

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.

Saul Bellow

You build a thousand castles, a thousand sanctuaries, you are nothing; you build a library, you are everything!