WikiCite 2018-2019: Citations for the Sum of All Human Knowledge
By Phoebe Ayers, Daniel Mietchen, Jake Orlowitz, Merrilee Proffitt, Sarah Rodlund, Elizabeth Seiver, Dario Taraborelli, and Ben Vershbow
Wikipedia is the world's largest, most widely used online encyclopedia. Wikipedia relies on policies that put a premium on verifiability of the information it holds, a commitment to citations, fact-checking, and accuracy. How does the Wikimedia movement empower individuals to assess reliable sources and arm them with quality information so they can make decisions based on facts? How do we identify bias or distortions in the application of these verifiability policies? These questions are relevant not only to Wikipedia users but to consumers of media around the globe.
Over the past decade, the Wikimedia movement has come together to answer that question. Efforts to design better ways to support sourcing have begun to coalesce around Wikipedia’s sibling project Wikidata—the free knowledge base that anyone can edit. With the creation of a rich, human-curated, and machine-readable knowledge base of sources in Wikidata, the WikiCite initiative is crowdsourcing the process of vetting information and its provenance.
WikiCite is an initiative aiming to build a comprehensive knowledge base of sources, to serve the sum of all human knowledge. This report examines the impact, key milestones, and reach the WikiCite community has achieved over the course of the past year (2018-2019).
P. Ayers, D. Mietchen, J. Orlowitz, M. Proffitt, S. R. Rodlund, E. Seiver, D. Taraborelli, B. Vershbow. 2019. WikiCite 2018-2019: Citations for the sum of all human knowledge https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8947451