On 28/07/06, Jonathan Leybovich <jleybov(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
I hereby propose for your consideration Wikicat, a
project to create an open, bibliographic catalog. The
purpose of Wikicat is to both lay the groundwork for a
scholarly apparatus to be used within Wikipedia as
well as create a unique and valuable information
resource in its own right. In particular, Wikicat
* facilitate the process of citation by automatically
fetching bibliographic data based upon unique keys
such as ISBN, ISSN, and LCCN
* allow users to more easily navigate between
information resources by grouping them in a
functionally significant manner (in particular,
according to the principles of [[w:FRBR]]) so that,
for example, different editions, translations, etc.
are all joined together
* apply Wikipedia's collaborative content creation
model to bibliographic data, resulting in a catalog of
In terms of implementation, Wikicat will be defined
like any other [[m:Wikidata]] dataset and will
integrate with other datasets such as WiktionaryZ to
share common entities and perhaps someday support
something along the lines of a Semantic Mediawiki. As
Wikidata is currently not code complete, though,
Wikicat will be deployed in stages, during the first
of which it will exist as a read-only database that
populates itself on an as-needed/"as-cited" basis by
importing data from the open catalog servers of such
institutions as the Library of Congress, the
University of California library system, the U.S.
National Library of Medicine, etc.
Details about the project, in increasing technical
detail, are available on the following pages:
Coding of the first stage of the project is nearly
complete and a list of its operational requirements
will soon be forthcoming. Here is a demo of Wikicat
integration with the Cite/<ref> extension:
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your
I'm normally against the creation of new projects, but this sounds
like a pretty good idea. Presumably, it'll be a little like Commons
but instead of images, would handle citations. I suppose other
Wikimedia projects will make use of this, do you hope to allow
non-WikiMedia projects to use it?
The project will aim to catalogue books, news, journals, what else? Film?
How will different referencing styles be handled?
Oldak Quill (oldakquill(a)gmail.com)