Wikidata and the bibliography of life

Page, R. D. M. (2022) Wikidata and the bibliography of life. PeerJ, 10, e13712. (doi: 10.7717/peerj.13712) (PMID:35821898) (PMCID:PMC9271275)

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Abstract

iological taxonomy rests on a long tail of publications spanning nearly three centuries. Not only is this literature vital to resolving disputes about taxonomy and nomenclature, for many species it represents a key source—indeed sometimes the only source—of information about that species. Unlike other disciplines such as biomedicine, the taxonomic community lacks a centralised, curated literature database (the “bibliography of life”). This article argues that Wikidata can be that database as it has flexible and sophisticated models of bibliographic information, and an active community of people and programs (“bots”) adding, editing, and curating that information.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Taxonomy, Wikidata, Bibliometrics, Crowd sourcing, Knowledge graph
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Page, Professor Roderic
Authors: Page, R. D. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:PeerJ
Publisher:PeerJ
ISSN:2167-8359
ISSN (Online):2167-8359
Published Online:07 July 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Page
First Published:First published in PeerJ 10: e13712
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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