May 28, 2022

Wikipedia Begins Beta Testing of “Other Projects Sidebar” & Adds Search Syntax

A couple of items we discovered via the latest edition of the Wikimedia Engineering Report (September 1, 2014).

1. You can now opt-in and participate in a beta test of the “Other Projects Sidebar” with links provided by WikiData.

From a Wikimedia Mailing List:

[Opting-in] will add a new section to the sidebar of an article. This section will contain links to related articles in other sister projects. Which projects are shown can be configured per-wiki.

It works only on projects supported by Wikidata. It is already deployed as a default feature for all users in the French and Italian Wikisources (e.g. s:fr:Auteur:William Shakespeare).

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2. Use the linksto: keyword in your search (using CirrusSearch beta) to find pages linking to a specific Wikipedia article.

How To

Details about how to opt-in to these beta tests (along with several others) can be found here.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.