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Creating groups[edit]

I'm thinking about a "special" page type in WikiPapers (similar to Portals in Wikipedia) which contains publications, tools and datasets from several related keywords and other info (news, on-going projects) and including researchers in that area (some quick examples, Example 1: vandalism + spam + bots + machine learning; Example 2: community evolution + motivations + users classification; Example 3: digital divide + gender gap + usability). I would like to convert WikiPapers in a website where researchers can discover literature and possible research colleagues. What do you think? emijrp (talk) 16:02, January 31, 2012 (EST)

Wikipedia:Signpost speaks about us[edit]

We are on the Wikipedia Signpost. \o/ emijrp (talk) 16:10, January 31, 2012 (EST)

Add "authors" to "tools"[edit]

Noticed that the tool pages and info-boxes did not have an "author" tag. Might be nice to include? Less familiar with how these semantic bits operate relative to say, en.wp, so unsure how to implement this myself. Thanks, West.andrew.g 12:54, February 12, 2012 (EST)

Yes, it is a good idea, but sometimes the author is a persona, a group or an university. I think there is no issue about that. I will add it later. emijrp (talk) 15:38, February 12, 2012 (EST)
Added for tools and datasets. Regards. emijrp (talk) 16:21, February 12, 2012 (EST)

Resource of the week/month[edit]

When WikiPapers grows a bit, we can add a new section to the Main Page, called "Resource of the week/month". It may contain a high quality page about a paper, dataset or tool. Just a thought. emijrp (talk) 11:40, February 18, 2012 (EST)

API for grabbing BibTeX[edit]

Hi all, I'm very excited to come across this wiki (as well as Wikilit today! I've been experimenting with an "open scholarly workflow" for more than a year - you can see early screencasts here, and all the code is up to date on Github. I'm using a homegrown (and kind of complicated right now, but works great for me and a few others) system based on BibDesk, BibTeX, Skim, and Dokuwiki (which I edit locally, and then publish online - see the link the screencast above). I'm really interested in interoperability, semantic data, and technical innovation within Open Access (my feeling is that so far so much of the advocacy around Open Access has been policy-based, and we haven't really taken advantage of many of the technical/collaborative possibilities with OA publications).

I have a ton of ideas for collaborative note taking and sharing, bibliographies, citation management etc. (We've been experimenting with setting up an open source citation server with an open API which any system would be able to connect to - I've written a long diatribe about it here, it's not even finished, but I had to put it aside to get back into my own PhD research for a bit)

Anyway, I would love to discuss more with the people behind this site - this is one of the most inspiring examples I've seen so far. One interest I have, though, is federation... I had the same thought around AcaWiki. I publish tons of article notes on my wiki, with full BibTeX metadata etc (I research collaborative/open/peer learning, so I will definitively come across a few Wikipedia/wiki related articles), but to me there is a real value to writing on my own site, building up my own knowledge base. At the same time, everything I do is openly licensed (CC 0 if you want), and tries to preserve semantic metadata, be interoperable etc... I would love for some of my stuff to be useful to Wikipapers or any other site... This was part of the thinking behind the Scrobblr documented above - and I think this is part of the beauty of the internet too, with open and standard protocols, we shouldn't have to have everything published on the same server.

Anyway a quick practical question. I want to create a quick way to import publications from Wikipapers to my system. I wish there was BibTeX embedded in the page somehow (and that there was some standard for this), but in the meantime at least you link to it. However, when I grab the URL with Ruby, it gives me nothing. I wonder if this is a Robot protection or something - could you turn that off? OR create some simple API to ask for the BibTeX of a given article?

Here's a few very brief YouTube videos of recent experiments: [1] [2] [3]

Great work, would love to discuss! (Let me know if there's a mailing list I should join too) Houshuang 21:36, April 9, 2012 (EDT)

Hi Houshuang. I'm glad to hear you like WikiPapers. If you want to use BibTeX data from WikiPapers, just click on that link in every article you like, or in the List of publications (it will export metadata for the 500 most recent articles).
For example, Deconstructing Wikipedia: Collaborative Content Creation in an Open Process Platform exports:
  author = "Andrew Feldstein", 
  doi = "10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.10.564", 
  pages = "76-84", 
  publisher = "Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences", 
  title = "Deconstructing Wikipedia: Collaborative Content Creation in an Open Process Platform", 
  volume = "26", 
  year = "2011", 
There isn't robot protection. I have tried with Python and the next example works fine:
import urllib
Tell me if you can solve your problem. I haven't created a mailing list yet for WikiPapers, all the discussions are generated in this Community Portal by now. If you want to use e-mail, you can reach me at Regards. emijrp (talk) 16:52, April 10, 2012 (EDT)
Thanks a lot for getting back to me. Again, amazing tool you've built, and lot's of great content which will be very useful to me!
It's not that I can't click on that button to import a citation, or I could even write a regexp that scans for that link, and then downloads the bibtex (it would have been easier if there was some obvious way of deriving the URL for bibtex from the page URL, which is what I initially tried). But my larger interest is in interoperability and building "collective intelligence" or what you want to call it.
I wish there was some standard tag which said "go to this url to download the bibtex from this page" which tons of websites used. Or a hidden tag which actually contained the bibtex, for those who want to do that... It would be trivial to come up with - then people have to start using it. But right now there's nothing. I'm super happy to start following what-ever standard people come up with...
For example, let's say I wanted to contribute this citation to WikiPapers: (I usually take detailed high level notes as well, but this is one of the most relevant I could find for WikiPapers, and it only has a line of "high level notes" - here's an example of how I usually do it:
So I have access to all the "semantic data", including a full bibtex entry, my high level notes, my clippings from the article, even the article URL (it's OA, the program automatically checks if URLs can be downloaded, otherwise they are not added)...
However, if I go to WikiPapers and ask to add a new page, I get presented with a huge detailed form... no way of automatically importing BibTeX etc. (I automatically import most of my citations from Google Scholar - far from perfect, but I can clean them up afterwards)...
What if it was possible to see when looking at an article in WikiPapers what everyone else have written about it - Stian has lot's of high-level notes on his private wiki, John wrote a blog entry about this paper, it was mentioned in a presentation... This would all happen automatically...
(There are lot's of companies doing big social citation databases, like Mendeley, CiteULike etc, but none are truly open and collaborative -- and none make social citations possible... Ie. I want to embed a citation in a WordPress blog easily.)
This is the kind of stuff I've been working on - of course I'm just one PhD student (who really should be focusing on my real research topic :)) but always excited to share with others... If you have a look at my "diatribe" which I mentioned above, although unfinished, it might give you an idea of what I envisage... I just feel it's too bad to have so much incredibly useful information "siloed"... Houshuang 18:21, April 11, 2012 (EDT)


Rich Texts: Wikisource as an Open Access Repository for Law and the Humanities isn't recognizing the newly created page Crowdsourcing and Open Access: Collaborative Techniques for Disseminating Legal Materials and Scholarship at the References section. But if I click on create it! at the first page, it shows the editform with data from the second one. Lugusto 14:42, May 5, 2012 (EDT)

Looks fixed. Thanks for reporting. emijrp (talk) 04:04, September 9, 2012 (EDT)

Reviews of books?[edit]

Are scholar reviews of books (about Wikis obviously) in the scope of WikiPapers? (I can think of Rémi Mathis’s review of The World and Wikipedia: how we are editing reality but there are others). Jean-Frédéric (talk) 18:10, January 19, 2013 (UTC)

Hi Jean. Sure, you can add a link to those reviews in the book wiki page. Regards! emijrp (talk) 19:19, January 27, 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for answering! I had not thought of that actually − my question was about creating publication entry for scholar reviews of books ; but indeed it makes sense to add them to the entry about the book itself. Thanks! Jean-Frédéric (talk) 15:33, February 1, 2013 (UTC)


Hi, not sure where to ask this: Probiotics 'may help when on antibiotics' study says does not appear to be in scope. Cheers, Jean-Frédéric (talk) 09:32, June 6, 2013 (EDT)

Author - papers mismatch[edit]

I just added two new entries (for myself).

The main author is found in Mediawikis for research, teaching and learning. But the paper doesn't show up in Daniel_K._Schneider.

Not complaining here, but maybe there is something to be changed somewhere ... or did I miss some form filling magic ? - Danielkschneider (talk) 12:34, July 1, 2013 (EDT)

I see it in the author page you linked. Probably you needed to refresh cache. emijrp (talk) 13:34, January 6, 2014 (EST)

Wikipedia:Academic studies of Wikipedia[edit]

This page is (weirdly enough) called "canonical" at [4], but it seems rather dead in recent years: time to migrate it here I think. Were those tables fully imported? If needed, I could probably set up a import bot rather easily, but I'm not sure how to deduplicate. Nemo bis (talk) 08:22, July 21, 2014 (EDT)

I used Special:ImportCSV from the Data Transfer extension, very handy! There are a few hundreds items in the queue so it will take some time, but [5] is mostly imported.
As for deduplication, for journals I incorrectly selected the "add" option which just appends text, I'll need to revert; for theses I tried the "overwrite only existing parameters" option, let's see how it works; for conferences, because we already had over a thousand, I just told it to skip. Hopefully the titles match well enough. --Nemo bis (talk) 09:23, September 20, 2014 (EDT)

Just completed another major import. AnankeBot also created some authors and redirects. --Nemo bis (talk) 06:04, November 9, 2014 (EST)

I noticed that the page A Method for Measuring Co-authorship Relationships in MediaWiki was edited to become a redirect to a newer page A method for measuring co-authorship relationships in Mediawiki, i.e. almost the same title except for capitalization. The latter page is not as complete as the former page, so I have undone the edit to the former. However, the former page is still categorized in the Duplicate publication category. Can you please remove this category and delete the new, less complete duplicate page? --Robert B (talk) 10:07, November 23, 2014 (EST)

Thanks for the note. There is no need for deletion: I merged the additional information of the new page into the old and redirected. Deduplication is a thankless job, help appreciated. --Nemo bis (talk) 19:10, November 23, 2014 (EST)

Republished works[edit]

What to do with them? For instance Study of ontology or thesaurus based document clustering and information retrieval. --Nemo bis (talk) 06:04, November 9, 2014 (EST)


15 seconds for time to first byte...[6] I hope it's not me overloading the server(s)! --Nemo bis (talk) 17:30, November 19, 2014 (EST)

Some influence is rather likely, because the job queue increased since yesterday and now is over 1000. Before working on the duplicates found by Template:Infobox_Journal I'll wait some days, so that dust settles down... --Nemo bis (talk) 16:17, November 20, 2014 (EST)
1 s now; much better! --Nemo bis (talk) 07:57, November 22, 2014 (EST)

Author in statistics[edit]

Hao-Chuan Wang is listed in a table on List of authors where there are two number of number of publications! When one follows the link only one publication appears. — Fnielsen (talk) 10:26, March 3, 2015 (EST)

Thanks for checking. That's probably due to a duplicate since removed. The cache can take a long time to update (and even so, the site is quite overloaded). --Nemo bis (talk) 04:22, March 4, 2015 (EST)