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The Wikipedia Library: the biggest encyclopedia needs a digital library and we are building it


Abstract


The Wikipedia Library (TWL) is an international project supported by Wikimedia Foundation, which aims to provide library and reference services to Wikipedia editors and readers; this is making possible the direct access to bibliographic references which support “all human knowledge.”

The Wikipedia Library is pursuing ambitious goals through the partnership with scientific publishers and services like the Internet Archive. The success of this young project comes from partnership and collaboration with expert librarians. This paper explains technical solutions, projects and TWL partnerships, which lead great advantages for Wikipedians, readers, and librarians and which prelude an integration even more close between Wikipedia and libraries.


Keywords


The Wikipedia Library; Wikipedia; Wikimedia; Libraries; Open Access; Reference.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12505

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