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The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia


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1 mission, 5 goals, and 11 ideas to connect Libraries and Wikipedia.

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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:
  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 profile newsletter wikimania mailing lists (Libraries, GLAM, OA, Wikidata)
  36. 36. Questions? @JakeOrlowitz User:Ocaasi cc-by-sa 3.0