Joe Wass

Joe Wass works in Crossref Labs, cooking up new products and services and finding new things to do with Crossref’s data. He is technical lead on the Crossref Event Data project, a system for collecting and distributing events that occur around scholarly publications, our contribution to the altmetrics space. He was part of the NISO Altmetrics Code of Conduct group, producing guidelines for producers of altmetrics data. He has collaborated closely with members of the Wikimedia community to improve the linking of articles in Wikipedia, and has an interest in finding article citations in unexpected places. He writes on the Crossref Blog from time to time.He is also responsible for the technical side of Crossmark, a widget to show readers information and updates about articles and the Linked Clinical Trials project, which collects and shows links between trials and the thread of articles that describe them. He also contributes to Crosref’s Distributed Usage Logging and Text and Data Mining services. Before Crossref, Joe worked an agency that built applications for ethical organisations, with clients including Oxfam, WWF and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Joe has spoken at the British Library on ‘Text and Data Mining with Crossref’, CSV Conference on ‘analyzing DOI logs for HTTPS’, the Altmetrics Conference on Crossref Event Data and the Altmetrics16 workshop on ‘capturing context in altmetric data’.

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Coming to you Live from Wikipedia

Joe Wass

Joe Wass – 2015 May 20

In Wikipedia

We’ve been collecting citation events from Wikipedia for some time. We’re now pleased to announce a live stream of citations, as they happen, when they happen. Project this on your wall and watch live DOI citations as people edit Wikipedia, round the world.

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In the hours since this feature launched, there are events from Indonesian, Portugese, Ukrainian, Serbian and English Wikipedias (in that order).

Real-time Stream of DOIs being cited in Wikipedia


Watch a real-time stream of DOIs being cited (and “un-cited!” ) in Wikipedia articles across the world:


For years we’ve known that the Wikipedia was a major referrer of Crossref DOIs and about a year ago we confirmed that, in fact, the Wikipedia is the 8th largest refer of Crossref DOIs. We know that people follow the DOIs, too. This despite a fraction of Wikipedia citations to the scholarly literature even using DOIs. So back in August we decided to create a Wikimedia Ambassador programme. The goal of the programme was to promote the use of persistent identifiers in citation and attribution in Wikipedia articles. We would do this through outreach and through the development of better citation-related tools.

Introducing the Crossref Labs DOI Chronograph


At Crossref we mint DOIs for publications and send them out into the world, but we like to hear how they’re getting on out there. Obviously, DOIs are used heavily within the formal scholarly literature and for citations, but they’re increasingly being used outside of formal publications in places we didn’t expect. With our DOI Event Tracking / ALM pilot project we’re collecting information about how DOIs are mentioned on the open web to try and build a picture about new methods of citation.