Librarybase is a project to develop structured bibliographic data around the citations that appear on Wikipedia. This data serves many useful purposes, including:
- Facilitating research on where Wikipedia gets its information. For example, medical articles can be audited for their use of non-reliable sources.
- Powering source discovery tools that help guide the work of Wikipedia editors.
- Serving as a standard database for all the sources used on Wikimedia projects, including those that do not have standard identifiers such as DOIs.
How it works
The service runs on Wikibase, the same software that runs Wikidata. Each record created is that of a source, an author, or a type of source (journal, article, etc). Example records:
A script is under development to mine citation data from Wikipedia and import it en masse into Librarybase. Librarybase will likely start with a small subset of articles as a proof-of-concept before expanding into the rest of the encyclopedia.
Why not Wikidata?
Putting this data into Wikidata would be an excellent idea. Before this happens, it is important to make sure that:
- The mechanisms for mining citation data and mass-importing it work fine;
- The data surfaced is interesting and worthwhile;
- Wikidata actually wants the data.
If all works according to plan and the data is worth incorporating into Wikidata, then plans for a migration will come together. If Wikidata rejects the Librarybase content, including the level of detail sought by Librarybase, then Librarybase will continue as an independent project.