May 25, 2022

Article: “Contributing Open Citations to Wikipedia: An OA Week OAbot Edit-A-Thon”

The following article was published in InULA Notes published by the Indiana University Librarians Association.


Contributing Open Citations to Wikipedia: An OA Week OAbot Edit-A-Thon


Mairelys Lemus-Rojas

Jere D. Odell


InULA Notes
29(2) Fall 2017

via IUPUI Scholarworks (Institutional Repository).

From the Article:

The OAbot, hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation Labs, extracts an existing citation from a Wikipedia article and presents the user with that citation and a potential link to an open version of the same article. These open version links are extracted from sources including CrossRef, BASE, DOAI, and others.


As librarians, editing Wikipedia articles gives us an opportunity to use the “Open in Order to” concept to build a better information source for information users, near and far. Providing access to freely accessible sources ensures that everyone, given the right circumstances, can retrieve and use that information. The library community is also interested in taking steps to make Wikipedia a more reliable and verifiable encyclopedia. At the IUPUI University Library, we decided to make our contribution to this effort by using the OAbot during Open Access Week to find free online versions of sources to be included in already existing Wikipedia citations.

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See Also: Direct to OAbot Website

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.