On Sat, Aug 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM, Amgine <amgine@wikimedians.ca> wrote:
I could imagine an entire digression on encouraging projects to use open access references. It's not always easy to find the open access editions of articles. Most of my partner's research is available via open access, but you'd never know that from google scholar[1].

I don't think that's fully appropriate for this list (both off-topic and we don't have the right people here), but I'm curious where else (if anywhere) such a discussion would make sense - wikimedia-l? Key village pumps?
On another point, having a policy at a given wikipedia supporting open access research (and a growing number of governments require publicly funded research be published open access - pretty much 100% of the US National Institutes of Health research for example) only affects that specific wiki. Nice, but it would be nicer if it were a translingual effort.

Again, slightly OT here, so maybe direct responses just to me, but I'm curious how folks think that might be done in a translingual way. As far as I can see, short of a board policy there isn't much way to create such a translingual policy. (We could, of course, hardcode certain open access sources for special treatment in the code, but that seems like an inelegant solution to me.)

By the way, for those of you interested in this and going to Wikimania, they've called open access "open scholarship" and there are quite a few interesting/relevant tracks, including: https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Marking_open-access_references_cited_on_Wikipedia


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