Librarypedia
The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia
Wikipedia’s mission
Imagine a world in which every person on
the planet shares in the sum of all human
knowledge.

(for fr...
Wikipedia is huge
30m articles, 4m English
16 million images
8000 views per second
500 million unique visitors per month
2...
Wikipedia is voluntary
20 million registered users
130,000 active users
1,400 administrators

… working for free, with no ...
Wikimedia’s scope
286 languages
15 projects

...images, data, dictionary, travel guide,
species, quotes, books, source mat...
Wikipedia’s Foundation
Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco
150 employees
Donor funded
Non-profit
No-ads!
Wikipedia’s foundation
Neutral point of view
Verifiability
Consensus
Civility
Open copyright
Wikipedia’s reliability
Like Britannica
Errors fixed quickly over time
Virtual filter
“Many eyeballs make all bugs shallow...
The Library connection
Only as good as our sources
Libraries have the best sources
Wikipedia has the most eyeballs
Connect...
The Wikipedia Library
Lead to libraries and free sources
Gain access to paywalled sources
Ally with the library community
...
How to do it
Donations
Visiting Scholars
University partnerships
Catalogue integration
Reference desk
Enquiry service
Fulf...
Donations
*Credo Reference
*HighBeam Research
*Questia Online Library
*JSTOR
*The Cochrane Library
*NYT, Lexis-Nexis, Wile...
Donations

What if every publisher donated
free access to the 1000 most active
Wikipedians in that subject area?
Wikipedia Visiting Scholars
Academic tradition
Research affiliates
Unpaid, remote positions
Full access to collections
Lia...
Wikipedia Visiting Scholars

What if every library or research institution had
one Wikipedia on staff to access their
coll...
University partnership
Institutional donation
5 -10 thousand editors
Subscription license
High cost
Technical implementati...
University partnership

The Wikipedia Library
Powered by George Mason University
???
Catalogue integration
OCLC/WorldCat
Library of Congress
EBSCO
ProQuest
Identifiers
Catalogue integration

What if a Wikipedia reader could easily search
every major book, journal, archive, and
e-collection...
Fulfillment tool
OCLC Pilot
IP affiliation
Open URL
Proxy Resolver
University initiative
Fulfillment tool

What if every reference in a Wikipedia article
had the link to the full text source next to it?
Reference desk
On Wikipedia
Tens of thousands of
questions per year
About Wikipedia’s content
Towards improving Wikipedia
Reference desk

What if every library professional or research
expert spent one hour a week answering
reference queries fr...
Enquiry service
From Wikipedia
Integrated with
online reference queue
About their collections
To improve Wikipedia
Enquiry service

What if a Wikipedian could send a research
enquiry to any reference librarian in the world,
from Wikipedi...
Library outreach
Wikipedia Loves Libraries
Editathons
Backstage passes
Research literacy sessions
Wikipedian in Residence ...
Library outreach

What if every library hosted a quarterly
editathon or teaching session about
Wikipedia literacy?
OA signalling
OA signalling

What if every reference in a Wikipedia article
tagged whether it was free to read or reuse?
Subject guides
Subject guides
Finding aids
Open source
Collaboratively created
Subject guides

What if every subject guide was freely
licensed and/or collaboratively curated on
Wikipedia?
Metadata remixing
RAMP editor
structured data
wiki markup
authority control
consistent copyright
Metadata remixing

What if every piece of archival metadata
could be intelligently crafted into an article
framework on th...
If you remember one thing
Wikipedia and Libraries are natural allies
Wikipedia is the starting point for research

We lead...
How to get involved
http://enwp.org/WP:TWL
profile
newsletter
wikimania
mailing lists (Libraries, GLAM, OA, Wikidata)
Questions?

@JakeOrlowitz
jorlowitz@gmail.com
User:Ocaasi
http://enwp.org/WP:TWL
cc-by-sa 3.0
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The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia

  1. 1. Librarypedia The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia
  2. 2. Wikipedia’s mission Imagine a world in which every person on the planet shares in the sum of all human knowledge. (for free, in the language of their choice)
  3. 3. Wikipedia is huge 30m articles, 4m English 16 million images 8000 views per second 500 million unique visitors per month 2.1 billion edits, 700 million English edits
  4. 4. Wikipedia is voluntary 20 million registered users 130,000 active users 1,400 administrators … working for free, with no central control
  5. 5. Wikimedia’s scope 286 languages 15 projects ...images, data, dictionary, travel guide, species, quotes, books, source material, wiki software
  6. 6. Wikipedia’s Foundation Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco 150 employees Donor funded Non-profit No-ads!
  7. 7. Wikipedia’s foundation Neutral point of view Verifiability Consensus Civility Open copyright
  8. 8. Wikipedia’s reliability Like Britannica Errors fixed quickly over time Virtual filter “Many eyeballs make all bugs shallow” Belongs in the classroom: ow.ly/q04he
  9. 9. The Library connection Only as good as our sources Libraries have the best sources Wikipedia has the most eyeballs Connect a circle of research and dissemination
  10. 10. The Wikipedia Library Lead to libraries and free sources Gain access to paywalled sources Ally with the library community Facilitate research Promote open access
  11. 11. How to do it Donations Visiting Scholars University partnerships Catalogue integration Reference desk Enquiry service Fulfillment tools OA signalling Library outreach Subject guides Remixing metadata
  12. 12. Donations *Credo Reference *HighBeam Research *Questia Online Library *JSTOR *The Cochrane Library *NYT, Lexis-Nexis, Wiley? Active, experienced editors Mutually beneficial partnerships
  13. 13. Donations What if every publisher donated free access to the 1000 most active Wikipedians in that subject area?
  14. 14. Wikipedia Visiting Scholars Academic tradition Research affiliates Unpaid, remote positions Full access to collections Liason to Wikipedia’s community
  15. 15. Wikipedia Visiting Scholars What if every library or research institution had one Wikipedia on staff to access their collections and add to the encyclopedia?
  16. 16. University partnership Institutional donation 5 -10 thousand editors Subscription license High cost Technical implementation
  17. 17. University partnership The Wikipedia Library Powered by George Mason University ???
  18. 18. Catalogue integration OCLC/WorldCat Library of Congress EBSCO ProQuest Identifiers
  19. 19. Catalogue integration What if a Wikipedia reader could easily search every major book, journal, archive, and e-collection from Wikipedia?
  20. 20. Fulfillment tool OCLC Pilot IP affiliation Open URL Proxy Resolver University initiative
  21. 21. Fulfillment tool What if every reference in a Wikipedia article had the link to the full text source next to it?
  22. 22. Reference desk On Wikipedia Tens of thousands of questions per year About Wikipedia’s content Towards improving Wikipedia
  23. 23. Reference desk What if every library professional or research expert spent one hour a week answering reference queries from Wikipedia editors?
  24. 24. Enquiry service From Wikipedia Integrated with online reference queue About their collections To improve Wikipedia
  25. 25. Enquiry service What if a Wikipedian could send a research enquiry to any reference librarian in the world, from Wikipedia?
  26. 26. Library outreach Wikipedia Loves Libraries Editathons Backstage passes Research literacy sessions Wikipedian in Residence / Visiting Scholar
  27. 27. Library outreach What if every library hosted a quarterly editathon or teaching session about Wikipedia literacy?
  28. 28. OA signalling
  29. 29. OA signalling What if every reference in a Wikipedia article tagged whether it was free to read or reuse?
  30. 30. Subject guides Subject guides Finding aids Open source Collaboratively created
  31. 31. Subject guides What if every subject guide was freely licensed and/or collaboratively curated on Wikipedia?
  32. 32. Metadata remixing RAMP editor structured data wiki markup authority control consistent copyright
  33. 33. Metadata remixing What if every piece of archival metadata could be intelligently crafted into an article framework on that topic?
  34. 34. If you remember one thing Wikipedia and Libraries are natural allies Wikipedia is the starting point for research We lead readers back to sources at libraries So they can think critically about subjects
  35. 35. How to get involved http://enwp.org/WP:TWL profile newsletter wikimania mailing lists (Libraries, GLAM, OA, Wikidata)
  36. 36. Questions? @JakeOrlowitz jorlowitz@gmail.com User:Ocaasi http://enwp.org/WP:TWL cc-by-sa 3.0
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