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Several UN agencies produce publications and other text available under an open license that can be copied into Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects using the instructions below.

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link How to add open license text to Wikipedia
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Converting and adding open license text to Wikipedia[edit]

The process for adding open license text to Wikipedia can be broken down into the following steps:

Add document icon (the Noun Project 27896).svg Copy: Add the text from the open license source into Wikipedia.
Noun project - crayon.svg Edit: Correct any formatting issues with the text, add headings and subheadings, change any wording not suitable for Wikipedia and add links to other articles.
Inkwell icon - Noun Project 2512.svg Adapt the style:You may need to adapt the layout and the style and tone of the writing and create a new first sentence which must be a definition of the subject. The text must also follow Wikipedia's three core content policies. When integrating other sources, it is very important to distinguish opinions and interpretations made by the original author from verifiable content that has a neutral point of view. To do this, you may have to refocus the text on surveying the topic, remove interpretations and attributing points of view within the work. Attributing points of view can be done by adding citations to either the source text or its references, and by adding in-text attribution of these opinions e.g "According to [ORIGINAL AUTHOR], "[QUOTE]".
VisualEditor - Icon - Picture.svg Add media: Add graphics from the source if they are available by uploading them to Wikimedia Commons where the license on the graphics allows. You can also add in tables to the article, if the table is in a pdf Tabula may be helpful.
VisualEditor - Icon - Open-book-2.svg Add attribution: Attribute the text using the 'Free-content attribution' template in the 'Sources' section, as explained below.
VisualEditor - Toolbar - citoid citepong derivative.png Cite: Add the original source of the text as a reference at the end of every paragraph or more if required. If the text has references add them as citations in the article. If you are creating a new article add additional references from other reliable sources to establish the notability of the subject.
VisualEditor - Toolbar - Linking (small).png Link: Create links to the article from other Wikipedia pages in both the main text and in the 'See also' sections, also add hatnotes where needed. Use the find link tool to identify and create links to the article. Add categories and Wikiproject templates to the talk page.
VisualEditor - Icon - Accept.svg Publish: Save the changes to the existing article or publish the new article.

Attributing text[edit]

There are two ways to attribute open license text in Wikipedia, either through the Visual editor or the Source editor. Text from multiple pages of the same source can be attributed at the same time using page numbers, when using text from more than one source please attribute separately.


Attributing open license text in Visual editor[edit]

  1. Copy and paste the open license text into a Wikipedia article.
  2. Create a section called Sources above the References section and click Insert on the editing toolbar and select Template.
  3. Paste Free-content attribution into the box, click the first option and then click add template
  4. Add the relevant information into the Title, Author, Publisher, Source, URL, License statement URL (if not stated within the document) fields and License (e.g. CC-BY-SA).
  5. Click Publish changes and add added open license text, see the Sources section for more information to the edit summary.
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Attributing open license text in Source Editor[edit]

  • Copy and paste the open license text into a Wikipedia article.
  • Create a Sources section above the References section and paste in:
{{Free-content attribution|
| title = <!-- The title of the work -->
| author = <!-- The author of the work -->
| publisher = <!-- The publisher of the work -->
| source= <!-- The source of the work if not from the publisher or the author -->
| documentURL = <!-- The URL of the work -->
| License statement URL = <!-- The URL of the license statement of the work if not included within the document -->
| license = <!-- The license of the work -->
  • Fill in the relevant fields, the text between the <!-- --> is simply for guidance, it will not appear
  • Click Publish changes and add added open license text, see the Sources section for more information to the edit summary.



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UNESCO Global Open Access Portal is a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information in 158 countries worldwide. Create Wikipedia articles on the state of Open Access on many countries around the world using these open license descriptions. click here to help create new articles.



Suggested publication text[edit]

Subject matter experts from different UNESCO sectors have suggested text from publications that can be added to Wikipedia.

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A list of publications from the Education Sector.

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A list of publications from the Communication and Information Sector.

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A list of publications from the Science Sector.

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Eight volumes which highlight the shared heritage of the peoples of Africa.

Finding text[edit]

The majority of new publications produced by UNESCO are available under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license and so can be used both as references and using the text directly on Wikipedia. UNESDOC is the central repository for UNESCO open license publications, you are free to use text from any publication that carries the CC-BY-SA logo on their description page e.g. Atlas of the World Languages in Danger.

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Click here to search all open license publications on UNESCDOC.

The newest UNESCO publications on the major UNESCO themes are available below:

Note: Please check at the start of the document for the license it is available under, some publications carry a Non Derivative (ND) or Non Derivative (ND) requirements, these are not compatible with Wikimedia projects, please do not use text from these documents. The description page for the publication carries the correct license, some documents have been released under an open license after their publication so will not include the correct license within the document. Please do not upload images from UNESCO publications to Wikimedia Commons, not all are available under an open license. Work is being done to upload media used in publications in high resolution.
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