Open Access report
Scholarly journal goes wiki; Open Access Media Importer takes shape
In March, the Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science project focused on the structuring of Open Access materials on Commons, on their use beyond the English Wikipedia and on development of the Open Access Media Importer. Tool testing continued but was hampered by persistent problems with the Toolserver.
PLoS Computational Biology publishes first article destined for Wikipedia
This month saw the publication of the first Topic Page (see January) in PLoS Computational Biology - an article in the journal that had been written specifically for the Circular permutation in proteins entry on the English Wikipedia (see blog post). The article had been drafted in a MediaWiki instance licensed under CC BY. Some screenshots:
A session proposal on the integration of journal and wiki workflows has been submitted for Wikimania.
QRpedia use in scholarly publishing
The press release about a new species of plant described in an article in the open-access journal PhytoKeys contained a QRpedia code pointing to Brunfelsia plowmaniana - the new species that had been diagnosed by way of DNA barcoding. Traffic stats: article, QRpedia. A session proposal on scientific GLAM:Wiki collaboration has been submitted for Wikimania.
Open Access Media Importer
Development on the Open Access Media Importer continued, and the contracts have been signed. Two blog posts detail the progress: the module for crawling PubMed Central's Open Access Subset is now functional and can identify supplementary materials from this set - or articles matching specific search terms - that are licensed compatibly with Wikimedia Commons.
The process works much like
apt-get: for instance,
oa-cache list-articles pubmed | grep Malaria | grep 'creativecommons.org/licenses/by/'
finds all Malaria-related papers licensed under CC BY. A session proposal on the Open Access Media Importer has been submitted for Wikimania.
A News section on the homepage of Wikipedia:WikiProject Open Access provides project updates. The March entries were:
Open Access File of the Day
The following files have been featured as Open Access File of the Day in March:
- The project now has 11 members (up from 8)
- The project now has 149 assessed articles (up from 144):
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