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[BOAI] Signalling the openness of references cited on Wikipedia
From: Daniel Mietchen <daniel.mietchen AT googlemail.com>
Dear all, your feedback is invited on a system to signal the openness of references cited on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Open_Access/Signalling_OA-ness . Millions of references are being cited on Wikipedia, including on scholarly topics.  The citation typically contains a hyperlink to an online version of the cited resource, yet many of these are paywalled and thus not accessible to the vast majority of Wikipedia readers. So the above-mentioned proposal has been made to signal the OA-ness of a cited reference. One of the expected effects of the scheme is to save readers the disappointing clicks on links leading them to paywalls. Considering that all Wikipedias combined get over 20 billion page views per month  and e.g. medical topics on the English Wikipedia still over 200 million views per month , there is a lot of potential to save clicks. Another possible effect is that the signaling of the availability of an OA version might entice some readers to actually click through to the reference when they otherwise would not, especially after having hit paywalls in previous attempts. Furthermore, such a system might signal to Wikipedia editors if they can use materials from a particular cited source, e.g. images or video files.  Your thoughts on any of these or related issues would be greatly appreciated. The preferred channel for feedback would be the talk page of that proposal . Thanks and cheers, Daniel for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Open_Access  http://opensym.org/wsos2013/proceedings/p0203-ford.pdf found 67,026,537 cited sources on the English Wikipedia as of May 2, 2012.  http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:MED500  For an overview of the extent to which images and other media from OA sources are being used across Wikimedia projects, see http://tools.wmflabs.org/glamtools/baglama.php?group=Open+access+%28publishing%29&date=201307 .  ↵ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Open_Access/Signalling_OA-ness -- To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum
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