Submissions:2014/Signalling Open Access References

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Title of the submission

Signalling Open Access References: Proving the Paywall Point

Themes (Proposal Themes - Community, Tech, Outreach, GLAM, Education)

Outreach - insofar it will encourage more user's to understand the Open movement; Wikipedia is Open Content like Open Access Tech - insofar as technology needs to be created; repurposing Wikidata and bots.

Type of submission (Presentation Types - Panel, Workshop, Presentation, etc)


Author of the submission

Matt Senate, Max Klein

E-mail address,



US state or country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Wikiproject Signalling OA-ness grantees of WMDE and Open Science Foundation

Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

You're surfing a topic of great interest to you on Wikipedia, so interesting that you actually click through to the references. You're excited to read the original material, but all of a sudden you are foiled - you've hit a paywall, and $35 to read an article is just too steep.

A naive approach here would be to signal in the Wikipedia reference section that an article is paywalled. But there are other more forwards-looking approaches. This is a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about the Open Access (OA) movement.

A growing number of scholarly publications are being made available to readers for free, and a subset thereof as Open Access, i.e. under open licenses, with no restrictions on reuse. This Open Access literature could become more visible if it were marked as such when being cited. We are developing a prototype for marking cited references as to their licensing as part of WikiProject Open Access on the English Wikipedia.

With advances in technologies of marking content as Open Access in machine-readable ways, and the maturing of Wikidata, the technological infrastructure is coming into place to make our dream an automatic reality. We are creating a Wikipedia Robot ("bot") that will make the interface and process of adding and signalling Open Access content, even more simple that citing closed sources.

A demonstration of the software so far will be given, along with our roadmap to getting our OA signalling system deployed on Wikipedias of every language. Since we are not developing anything so radically new, but rather integrating preexisting pieces, this presentation will also show how you can fit into this open movement. Our dream is to create the "stack" of open knowledge, from encyclopedia to source, and at each level - science, infrastructure and summary - we explicate our, and the still-need roles to coalesce the Open Movement.

Length of presentation/talk (see Presentation Types for lengths of different presentation types)
75 Minutes

This presentation could be given as part of a series in 30 minutes.

Will you attend WikiConference USA if your submission is not accepted?

If scholarships are also given. One author has other submissions as well.

Slides or further information (optional)

On Github On English Wikipedia

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