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Technology Wikipedia, the Internet Archive team up to help you verify citations

01:20  05 november  2019
01:20  05 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Turkish high court to review Wikipedia appeal against ban

Turkish high court to review Wikipedia appeal against ban ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court on Wednesday began considering an appeal by Wikipedia aiming to reverse the Turkish government's more than two-year ban on the online encyclopedia. Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing it of being part of a "smear campaign" against Turkey, after the website refused to remove content that allegedly portrayed Turkey as a country supporting the Islamic State group and terrorist organizations. Access to Wikipedia and all its language editions was blocked under a law that allows the government to ban websites it deems pose a national security threat.

The Internet (portmanteau of interconnected network) is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide.

The Internet Archive is an American digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge." It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites

Verifying a citation on Wikipedia can be as easy as clicking the online source linked within a page. But what if a citation calls back to a physical book instead, one you'd typically need to find at a library or bookstore?

a close up of a logo: The Internet Archive and Wikipedia are teaming up to help users verify citations calling back to physical texts by turning them digital. Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The Internet Archive and Wikipedia are teaming up to help users verify citations calling back to physical texts by turning them digital. Getty Images

The Internet Archive and Wikipedia last week said they've teamed up to provide digital previews of books cited on Wikipedia pages, making it easier to find and verify those traditional text sources online. The Internet Archive has already turned 130,000 book references on Wikipedia into links to 50,000 digitized books. Wired earlier reported the news.

The Internet Archive is adding digital previews of book sources to Wikipedia articles

  The Internet Archive is adding digital previews of book sources to Wikipedia articles 50,000 books are already availableWhile it’s always been possible to do the same thing by tracking down a physical copy of any books cited, this often isn’t practical for journalists or students working to tight deadlines, especially for hard to find books. In theory the new initiative means that a source is just a click away.

Archive Team is a group dedicated to digital preservation and web archiving that was founded by Jason Scott in 2009. Its primary focus is the copying and preservation of content housed by at-risk

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Internet research is the practice of using Internet information, especially free information on the World Wide Web Here, it is used to mean "looking something up (on the Web)". It includes any activity where a topic is identified

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"And we are just getting started," the Internet Archive said in a release. "By working with Wikipedia communities and scanning more books, both users and robots will link many more book references directly into Internet Archive books."

Users will see a couple of preview pages of the cited book. If they want to keep reading, they can borrow a digital copy of the text via Controlled Digital Lending, similar to how they'd borrow a physical book from the library.

Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, allows volunteers globally to create and edit content. Any information that doesn't link back to a reliable source can be flagged with "citation needed." This collaboration aims to make it easier to verify citations that trace back to traditional text.

"What has been written in books over many centuries is critical to informing a generation of digital learners," Brewster Kahle, digital librarian of the Internet Archive, said in the statement. "We hope to connect readers with books by weaving books into the fabric of the web itself, starting with Wikipedia."

Wikipedia wins its battle against censorship in Turkey .
Two years ago, Turkey banned Wikipedia after the site refused to remove content tying the country to terrorist groups. That decision was reversed today in the nation's highest court, which called the ruling a violation of freedom of expression, and ordered the site to be unblocked. The timeframe isn't clear, but it's likely that Turkish citizens will soon be able to access the community-powered encyclopedia. Turkey censored Wikipedia in April 2017, leveraging a law that allows it to ban any website that is deemed a national security threat. Wikimedia, the site's parent company, swiftly took action, but lost its push to reverse the court's decision.

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