Submissions/Getting ebooks on Wikisource : a first step to a Semantic Digital Library ?

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
Getting ebooks on Wikisource : a first step to a Semantic Digital Library ?
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Thomas Pellissier Tanon and Thibaut Horel
E-mail address
thomaspt (at] hotmail (dot] fr
Tpt and Zaran
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

To improve the quality of Wikisource a majority of contributors use the Proofread Page extension created by ThomasV in 2007. Unfortunately, this important extension (which use extensively transclusions) broke some features of installed extensions, like the PDF Writer. Two contributors from the French wikisource developed an export tool, Wsexport. As uploading ePub files is not allowed to Wikimedia Commons because a ePub sanitizer has to be written, the tool is an online means of creating texts in ePub format. Based on a new microformat and Proofread Page extension, this tool is very easy to deploy by the community members. It was created for French Wikisource, but it's now available on most active projects like de, en, fr or it. The export tool can be used directly from its page on, or browsing

At first, we will provide a feedback on the realisation of the export tool, the avantages and inconvenients of the microformat, the great opportunity that the export tools is for Wikisource. Then we'll talk about features that could be create with a build-in semantic system.Semantic could improve the usability of the editing system and increase reusability of the information.

Topics covered will include :

  • Demo
  • Features : Epub, OPDS catalog
  • Next steps : new files formats, extension for mediawiki, statistics module
Track (Wikis and the Public Sector; GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums); WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education; Technology and Infrastructure)
Technology and Infrastructure
Length of presentation/talk (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 Minutes
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