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Technology Wikipedia integrates digital book previews to help verify citations

02:20  08 november  2019
02:20  08 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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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 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

By citing sources for Wikipedia content, you enable users to verify that the information given is supported by reliable sources, thus improving the credibility of Wikipedia while showing that The ID number might be an ISBN for a book , a DOI ( digital object identifier) for an article or some e- books

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.

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 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

The companies have teamed up to help users verify citations which call back to physical texts by turning them digital . As part of the collaboration, digital previews of the books cited on Wikipedia pages will be made available, making it easier for users to find and verify traditional text sources online.

"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, and can help fill in informational gaps. For example, there are now 66 cited and linked books on the Wikipedia article on Martin Luther King Jr. alone, the Internet Archive said.

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.

The Digital Revolution is the shift from mechanical and analogue electronic technology to digital electronics which began anywhere from the late 1950s to the late 1970s with the adoption and

Wikipedia citation tool for Google Books : Converts a Google Books URL into {{cite book }}. SnipManager (JavaScript) – Adds a Ribbon menu above the edit form with templates (including citations ) and the ability to preview citations .

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"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."

First published Nov. 4.

Update, Nov. 7: Adds more background.

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