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[BOAI] Re: Signalling the openness of references cited on Wikipedia
From: Daniel Mietchen <daniel.mietchen AT googlemail.com>
Dear Tom, linking out only to freely available content is certainly an option, but the initiative that I was referring to has a slightly different goal - it wants to signal to the readers and editors of Wikipedia pages (starting with English) not just whether a given reference is free to read but also whether it is free to reuse, or not. To take the example of your journal Information Research, its CC BY-NC-ND license would make it free to read but not free to reuse on Wikipedia (where materials under -NC and -ND clauses are not accepted). I agree that WebCite is useful, and I would like to see it (or some functional equivalent) used more often by scholarly publishers. Best, Daniel On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM, Prof. T.D. Wilson <t.d.wilson AT sheffield.ac.uk> wrote: > Hello Daniel, > > I have the same issue in relation to references in the open acess ↵ e-journal > I publish (http://informationr.net/ir/). My solution is to provide links > only to open sources and also to ask authors to archive such sources to > WebCite - you'll see this in most of the papers in recent volumes on the > site. Archiving to WebCite is absolutely essential, since the open ↵ sources > have limited lifetimes - one calculation suggests a half-life of only 2.5 > years - arciving to WebCite means that the item should be available more ↵ or > less indefinitely, or at least as long as WebCite continues to function. > > Kind regards, > > Tom Wilson > > > On 4 September 2013 00:15, Daniel Mietchen <daniel.mietchen AT ↵ googlemail.com> > wrote: >> >> 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 > > > > > -- > ↵ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- > Professor T.D. Wilson, PhD, PhD (h.c.) > Publisher and Editor in Chief: Information Research > http://informationr.net/ir/ > E-mail: wilsontd AT gmail.com > ↵ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > > > -- > To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: > http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum -- 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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