January 27, 2022

New Video: CrossRef’s Geoffrey Bilder and Wikimedia’s Dario Taraborelli Discuss Scholarly Citations and Wikipedia During Brown Bag Talks

An archived version of the the brown bag talk was recorded on December 4, 2015 and titled, “Wikipedia as the Front Matter to All Research”>Wikipedia as the Front Matter to All Research,” was just made available on YouTube.

Background About Presentations

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 every 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.

Note: Video of presentations and slide decks from the CrossRef Annual Meeting 2015 were recently made available online.

Wikipedia as the Front Matter to All Research
Wikimedia Research Brown Bag
December 2015

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.