Submissions:2021/Web2Cit: A visual editor for Citoid Web Translators

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2021.


Web2Cit: A visual editor for Citoid Web Translators


Tech & Tools

Type of session:

Lightning Talk


In this very short presentation, we want to introduce you to Web2Cit: a visual editor for Citoid web translators. The Citoid extension in Wikipedia's visual editor uses the Citoid API to resolve a URL, DOI, QID, etc, into a citation template. To do so, the Citoid service relies (in part) on Zotero web translators to get citation metadata from a website.

Lack of Zotero web translator coverage forces editors to fall back on manually transcribing citation metadata. For the majority of editors using visual editor, this is a cumbersome process that may deter them from adding references to their contributions, bias references toward those whose sites expose metadata appropriately, or leave broken citations.

The development of this tool (currently being funded by a Wikimedia Foundation Grant) would enable non-technical users collaboratively create and edit web translators, helping improve the quality of citations.

We want to share our progress in developing the tool and offer some ways for the community to help us by gathering sources and giving ideas about how we can further outreach to the community.

WMF grant

Project page on Meta

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Diego de la Hera & Evelin Heidel

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:

Diegodlh & Scann

Affiliated organization(s):

Estimated time:

7 min

Special requests:


Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

We have an Advisory Board and we're presenting progress to them. We have experience on presenting on other topics as well :)

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)

yup :)