Editing a Wikipedia article is done online using any web browser. Wikipedia today offers a web-based WYSIWYG-editor. However, the majority of the Wikipedia editors use Wikimarkup, a dedicated Wikipedia-syntax to format the content in plain text. This first version of WRB is designed for Wikipedia editors that use the plain editor.

Typically Wikipedia editors add new chapters, correct within or contribute to existing articles. The WRB is designed to support the editors by the provision of two functionalities:

  • The WRB shows suitable media-files from WikiCommons (media-container of Wikimania) to be added to articles.
  • The WRB shows suitable references to scientific literature matching the context of the article.

Using context detection technologies and a direct access to the dataproviders should ease access to matching scientific resources. Additionally, the editor features the possibility to explicitly trigger queries manually. If a result seems to be suitable and qualifies as a scientific reference, the source can automatically be integrated into the text as a citation with only one click.

Note: the intention is not to reverse the hermeneutic approach of scientific work! The WRB does in no way intend to corrupt the importance of study of sources before using same. However the WRB in its stadium now is intended to be a first step in the development of a “scientific augmentation tool kit for Wikipedia” in order to support scientific robustness of the most popular encyclopedia.

How does the Wikipedia Reference Butler work?