Wikidata:WikiProject Source MetaData

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WikiProject Source Metadata


The aim of of the WikiProject Source Metadata is:

  • to act as a hub for work in Wikidata involving citation data and bibliographic data.
  • to define a set of properties that can be used by citations, infoboxes, and Wikisource.
  • to map and import all relevant metadata that currently is spread across Commons, Wikipedia, and Wikisource.
  • establish methods to interact with this metadata from different projects.
  • to create a large open bibliographic database within Wikidata.
  • to reveal, build, and maintain community stakeholdership for the inclusion and management of source metadata in wikidata.

There have been various proposals over the years for similar projects (see meta:Wikicite for details). Now that Wikidata is here we can make it happen.


See this subpage for more details.



Here are some examples of the kind of entry this project could produce. (Note -- please replace with better samples if you know of them! -Pete F (talk) 17:23, 24 June 2015 (UTC))


Possible Data Collaborators[edit]

ContentMine presentation, Wikimania 2014. Wikiwish: "An Open Bibliography of science, updated daily" (the first bulletpoint at 27:30)
Citing as a public service: presentation by User:DarTar at the 2015 Wikipedia Science Conference pitching Wikidata as an open bibliographic and citation data repository.

Some possible Data Collaborators have expressed interest on working on source metadata in Wikidata: others might usefully be approached.

OCLC, which runs WorldCat, is very keen on collaborating with Wikidata; User:Maximiliankleinoclc wrote a letter about the possibilities.

ContentMine has some excellent open software tools, which we could use to let Wikidata answer queries like "List all the review papers ever written on malaria vaccines", "List all the articles that mention Lygodactylus williamsii", "List every paper ever written by John Tuzo Wilson" and "List all the papers cited in Wikipedia articles that have been retracted". They listed "An Open Bibliography of science, updated daily" as a "wikiwish" at Wikimania 2014, apparently unaware that this project has been started at a slightly earlier workshop.

PLOS has an API for RichCitations, which has a lot of metadata. It's rather like Reference Tooltips, but linked to database (which I think they are also happy to share), so it can update metainformation. They presented at Wikimania 2014 and are keen for us to use it.

Zotero is interested in the idea of a proofread metadata source. Some Zotero users currently upload to cloud storage; we might build tools to let them upload here, instead. CiteseerX has a large open-licensed database of article metadata, and might want to set up an exchange, but have not responded to e-mails.

The Cochrane Collaboration is developing an API to its metadata (they were contacted about this project in July 2014, so this use case may have helped shape the API). They produce large amounts of non-conventional metadata on works they review, and on works they produce, both of which Wikimedians quote.

Institutional repositories are also increasingly interested in open APIs and linked databases, and seem generally receptive to this project. The university-run academic search engine BASE aggregates and normalizes these repositories and makes its data collection available for non-commercial purposes.




To notify the participants use {{Ping project}} — copy and paste: {{Ping project|Source MetaData}}

Mattsenate (talk) 13:11, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
KHammerstein (WMF) (talk) 13:15, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Mitar (talk) 13:17, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Mvolz (talk) 18:07, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Daniel Mietchen (talk) 18:09, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Merrilee (talk) 13:37, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
Pharos (talk) 14:09, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
DarTar (talk) 15:46, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
HLHJ (talk) 09:11, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Lawsonstu (talk) 15:15, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:02, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Micru (talk) 20:11, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
JakobVoss (talk) 12:23, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Finn Årup Nielsen (fnielsen) (talk) 02:06, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Jodi.a.schneider (talk) 09:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
Abecker (talk) 23:35, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 14:21, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Mike Linksvayer (talk) 23:26, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Kopiersperre (talk) 20:33, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Jonathan Dugan (talk) 21:03, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Hfordsa (talk) 19:26, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
Vladimir Alexiev (talk) 15:09, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Runner1928 (talk) 03:25, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
Pete F (talk)
Vlsergey (talk)
econterms (talk) 13:51, 19 August 2015 (UTC)

Historical discussions[edit]

There have been historical discussions about Wikidata hosting information about the sources of data.

See also[edit]