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Wikisource - Where we are, where we want to go

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These slide were presented at Wikimania 2012, in Washington DC. the talk regarded Wikisource as a digital library, his strenghts and weaknesses, and above all his possible future.

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Wikisource - Where we are, where we want to go

  1. 1. Wikisource Where we areWhere we want to go Andrea Zanni Wikimedia Italia Wikimania 2012
  2. 2. The library of Babel“The universe (which others call the library)...” J. L. Borges http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Library_of_Babel
  3. 3. What are digital libraries?Nobody really knows, but many agree onrequirements: 1. Collection 2. Metadata 3. Services 4. People
  4. 4. Collection● Reliability● Readability● Curation● Quality
  5. 5. Its a kind of magic..Metadata are used for● cataloging● indexing● retrieving● archiving● communicating● preserving information.If we want to deal with information, we needmetadata.
  6. 6. Its a kind of magic..Metadata are used for● cataloging● indexing● retrieving● archiving● communicating● preserving information.If we want to deal with information, we needmetadata.
  7. 7. MetadataOn Wikisource metadata contains information aboutbooks and authors● in simple text● human-readable● no standard● not interoperable… no magic :-(
  8. 8. ServicesEverything that is beyond books:● reference● (all kind of) categories● lists● links● context● disambiguation● redirects
  9. 9. PeopleLibrarians (and users) form the community (we are notGoogle books!)● curation → books, project, policies● empowerment → from users to librarians
  10. 10. 5th law of Library Science“The library is a growing organism” S. R. Ranganathan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_laws_of_library_science
  11. 11. Hyperlibrary: Xanadu 0.1“Can you imagine that they used to have libraries where the books didnt talk to each other?” Marvin Minsky [citation needed]
  12. 12. “Collaboratory” read write library laboratory● Tools → framework → other tools● MediaWiki, js, templates, python, bot, API, toolserver, ...
  13. 13. The future
  14. 14. Interoperability● Bibliographic data from OCLC, Open Library, catalogs.● Disseminate metadata and full text (OAI-PMH)● Wikisource API
  15. 15. ePub Fresh generated ePub on the rocks (via ePubconverter)● outreach● eReader apps
  16. 16. ClassificationPotential of MediaWiki categories:● Colon classification● subjects from National Libraries● thesauri and ontologies
  17. 17. Microcontribution “the more simple and small task is, the wider audience you get”● Citizen science (Galaxy Zoo, Ancient Lives)● from page unit to word unit More: WikiCaptcha (next presentation same room!)
  18. 18. New architecture on djvu● in-line transcription● high granularity● save text directly on djvu● multiple layers
  19. 19. Xanadu 0.2 Systematic use of transclusion● Interwiki● Wikiquote● Wikipedia● Blogs, websites, etc.
  20. 20. Born-digital documents processNo specific process: must pass through the wholeprocess for digitized files1) Djvu2) OCR3) Commons4) TranscriptionCollaboration with repositories and digital libraries(scientific articles, thesis, free documents).
  21. 21. Feedbacks?● Email: andrea.zanni@wikimedia.it● Nickname: Aubrey● Skype: aubreymcfato

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