OABOT: Making Wikipedia’s Citations Accessible – Jake Orlowitz

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OABOT: Making Wikipedia’s Citations Accessible – Jake Orlowitz

Wikipedia’s citations are the largest curated bibliography in the world. They are the foundation of Wikipedia’s reliability and verifiability. They are also the top-6 referrer to all CrossRef DOIs online. Since 2011 the Wikipedia Library program has arranged free access for top editors to prohibitively expensive databases like JSTOR and EBSCO. This has made Wikipedia’s content better, but our citations are still too often closed for readers without institutional affiliations. OABOT is a project partnership between the Wikipedia Library and Antonin Delpeuch (developer of Dissemin) to address this. Dissemin can intelligently parse a citation and then search through hundreds of repositories to find a compatible free-to-read version. OABOT uses Dissemin to crawl Wikipedia, sending Dissemin citations and getting back free-to-read links which are placed directly in the same Wikipedia citation, and flagged with a green free-to-read open lock. OABOT will make Wikipedia’s citations even more open and more valuable, helping push publishers and authors to make repository copies available and machine-discoverable so that they can wind up on Wikipedia’s immensely trafficked pages.