CiteIt’s Contextual Citations are a natural addition to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia already has popup windows which show more information about linked articles.
- These popups appear whenever a reader mouses over an article name (see Los Angeles Lakers example to the right)
- Contextual Citations would be similar to contextual article popups. — a popup would appear to provide more context about a quotation — but they would only appear when a reader clicks on the quotation, not on mouseover.
- The data for these contextual citations would be pulled from the original source when the Wikipedia author publishes the article.
Wikipedia Contextual Citations
Below are mockups of a few sample articles that demonstrate what Wikipedia would look like if it used CiteIt.net’s proposed Contextual Citations.
Below is a screenshot of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg article mockup which shows the Contextual Popup that appears when a reader clicks on the light grey-blue text of a contextual quotation, in this case: “Ginsburg precedent“.
The Contextual Popup displays the 500 characters before and after the quote. In this instance, the quote is from a 2005 New York Times article.
Proposal for Wikipedia Editor
On the Wikipedia technical end, I’ve also written up a proposal describing the technical changes that would need to be made to Wikipedia’s editor to allow links to be specified with blockquote and q tags.
Converting Existing Wikipedia articles
I assume that the first Wikipedia article’s citations would be manually marked up with hand-coding or the using the editor, but that eventually, the goal would be to automate the process of converting existing citations to CiteIt’s Contextual Citations.
This list of a few of the issues that could could be converted into a test suite that is used in development.
|Error||citeit-error-context||Context is Returned, but Incorrect||Example:
|Error||citeit-error-quote-returned||Error in Returned Quote||Quote:
Clinton asserted President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal was “a con” for underfunding domestic programsReturned: Clinton called Mr. Trump’s 2018 budget proposal ” a cong ” which she said would underfund public education
|Error||citeit-error-quote-context-edges||Slight character errors in Surrounding Context||Example:
“adding that her mother Dorothy “made sure I learned [these] words from our Methodist faith” Quote: “And she made sure I learned [these] ds from our Methodist faith”
|citeit-pdf-scanned||Source Document is a PDF image that needs to be scanned with OCR||Example:
memorandum saying “
memorandum saying “<q cite=”https://media.arkansasonline.com/news/documents/2020/06/03/Trump_Physical_Exam.pdf” class=”citeit-pdf-scanned”>the data indicates that the President remains healthy.
|Match||citeit-footnote-shortname||Footnote is a short form of citation. The program needs to Need to cross-reference the short name with the longer reference in the references cited section.||The footnote is listed in the short form: Lastname, page
Troy 2006, pp. 176–77
Troy, Gil (2006). Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas. ISBN 978-0-7006-1488-2.
|Wiki||citeit-footnote-later||The match is not found in the first footnote, but in a second footnote.||Quote:
“In July 2016, she “committed” to introducing a U.S. constitutional amendment” 1st Source: not found 1st Source URL: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/16/politics/hillary-clinton-campaign-finance/2nd
Merica, Dan (July 16, 2016). “Clinton: I will introduce campaign finance amendment in first 30 days”. also see 2 1/2-minute video: CNN. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
Oreskes, Benjamin (July 16, 2016). “Clinton pledges constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling”. Politico. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
Hillary Clinton committed Saturday to introducing a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision within her first 30 days in office, if she’s elected president.