Submissions:2018/Academic profiles change the world
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- Relationship Building & Support / Editor Recruitment & Retention / Inclusion & Diversity / Tech & Tools
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- Lane Rasberry
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- University of Virginia
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- Rasberry, L. (2014). "Citing Wikipedia". BMJ. 348 (mar05 4): g1819–g1819. doi:10.1136/bmj.g1819. ISSN 1756-1833.
Wiki editors and other researchers use citations to show where they get the information they publish. Collecting citation information may seem like a humble and bookish wiki pastime. Perhaps instead it is a fundamental change in the human experience, starting with a big change to the wiki experience.
Scholia is a Wikidata viewer which presents academic profiles of researchers, universities, publications, and academic topics. It generates visualizations from WikiCite information, which itself is a project to create Wikidata items for information sources.
Since the founding of Wikipedia the Wiki community has discussed using structured data for the management of citations. What is less discussed are the other ways in which citation information generates useful insights. For example, if Wikidata has citation information for publications, then it can also generate lists of all papers by an author, or show the topics on which a particular university publishes most frequently, or show when and where various topics became popular subjects of publication.
This presentation will demonstrate how to view profiles in Wikidata, why they matter, what this means for the future of Wikimedia projects, and how this open data will elevate Wikimedia projects to change the world in yet another big way.
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