Wikipedia Library report
This report covers the work of The Wikipedia Library in supporting research hubs, which offer a place for active Wikipedia editors to gain access to the vital reliable sources that they need to do their work and to be supported in using those resources to improve the encyclopedia. We aim to make access and use of sources free, easy, collaborative and efficient. For more information, see The Wikipedia Library on meta.
At the beginning of March, The Wikipedia Library team published what it learned from organizing the #1lib1ref campaign. The event, which asked librarians to add one more reference to Wikipedia, successfully engaged librarians and Wikimedia communities the world over. We published what we learned from the campaign at The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref/Lessons, and would like to invite GLAM-Wiki leaders for feedback on what we learned in the campaign.
Building on these learnings, we also worked with the Hatnote Team, volunteer developers Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi, to document how hashtags are being used throughout the movement to improve organization of bot contributions, events and editing campaigns. We published a blog post on The Wikimedia Foundation Blog.
The Wikipedia Library was happy to announce 8 new partnerships, and 2 expansions of existing partnership during March. One of the partnerships was identified by User:Pigsonthewing as part of his Austral-Asia Wikidata/GLAM-Wiki tour, reported last month. We also saw several other volunteer-negotiated partnerships this month, including Miramar Ship Index, Noormags and Kotobna. We invite all GLAM-Wiki and other community leaders to explore our partner pitch strategy: w:en:Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library/Processes/Pitching partners. Once a partnership is in development, The Wikipedia Library team has tools and processes that can help distribute access to those research tools. If you are interested in helping with our publisher partnerships, contact us via The Wikipedia Library on Meta.
Here are the new partnerships:
- Cambridge University Press - a major publisher of academic journals and e-books in a variety of subject areas. Access includes both Cambridge Journals Online and Cambridge Books. 25 accounts.
- Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online - a large academic video collection good for a wide range of subjects, including news programs (such as PBS and BBC), music and theatre, lectures and demonstrations, and documentaries. 25 accounts.
- Baylor University Press - a publisher of academic e-books primarily in religious studies and the humanities. 50 accounts.
- Future Science Group - a publisher of medical, biotechnological and scientific research. 30 accounts.
- Annual Reviews - a publisher of review articles in the biomedical sciences. 100 accounts.
- Miramar Ship Index - an index to ships and their histories since the early 19th century. 30 accounts.
- Noormags - Farsi-language aggregator of academic and professional journals and magazines. 30 accounts.
- Kotobna - Arabic-language ebook publishing platform. 20 accounts.
- Gale - large aggregator of newspapers, magazines and journals. 50 accounts.
- Elsevier ScienceDirect - an academic publishing company that publishes medical and scientific literature. 100 accounts.
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