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About Contextual Citations
Contextutal Citations are citations in which:
- a quotation is validated to determine whether it matches it source
- the 500 characters of context surrounding a quote are available for immediate inspection without leaving the Wikipedia site.
- all sources’ Html/Pdf/Video are archived at the time of citation
- additional metadata can be collected about the source in a structured way, allowing the compilation of a searchable citation database
- Article Authors could enter additional data about the citation such as whether the source is a primary source and additional information about the person and organization that might be useful in assessing their credibility. This need not be visible in the full article but could be drilled into on inspection.
Proposal for Wikipedia Editor
Editor Syntax: add Quote URL
If Wikipedia sees value in Contextual Citations, they can be adopted without many technical hurdles once the web service and front end code matures.
The Editor’s markdown syntax will need to be modified to allow the specification of a URL when quoting a source.
- Proposal for changes to the Wikipedia Markdown Syntax (hosted on Wikimedia sandbox)
- I am open to feedback on what the UI for contextual citations looks like. I also expect that non-Wikipedia website owners will want to customize the front-end UI to match their own brand.