Submissions:2019/Nontraditional Scholarship: Evaluation and Citation

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This session is part of the WikiCite track.

This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2019.


Nontraditional Scholarship: Evaluation and Citation


Reliability of Information
+ Inclusion and Diversity

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Beyond traditional brand-name academic publishers like Wiley and Oxford University Press, how do Wikipedians know when to trust new genres of scholarly research output? Innovative, open-source publishing platforms such as Omeka, Scalar, Open Science Framework, and MIT's PubPub provide exciting new affordances in the knowledge ecosystem.

How to evaluate new scholarship outside of traditionally formatted journals and books? What criteria to use? Are there some genres or platforms that should not be cited in Wikipedia? How to represent bibliographic entities in new formats in Wikidata? How to cite new genres in Wikipedia articles? This panel will discuss quality criteria and signifiers related to nontraditional and emerging scholarship that's citable in Wikipedia.

Some examples:


  • Peter Suber is the Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, and a Senior Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. By training he's a philosopher and lawyer, and gave up his position as a tenured full professor of philosophy in 2003 to work full-time on open access. He was the principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, sits on the boards of many groups devoted to open access and scholarly communication, and has been active in fostering open access for many years through his research, speaking, and writing.
  • Carol Chiodo, Librarian for Collections and Digital Scholarship, European Languages Division, Harvard Library. Italian studies specialist. She is especially interested in "building bridges between siloed scholarship and communities in order to foster dynamic and responsive knowledge networks."
  • Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Metadata Technologies Program Manager, Harvard Library Information & Technical Services. Co-author of 2019 OCLC report "Creating Library Linked Data with Wikibase."

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Anne Britton

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Estimated time:

45 minutes

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Special requests:

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

Not exactly. I presented a poster on "Wikidata for Digital Scholarship" at the 2019 Boston Area Digital Scholarship Symposium.

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)