Wikisource – the hyper library

Let’s take Robert Louis Stevenson as an example.

Robert Louis Stevenson by John Singer Sargent [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
If we look at his author page, we will find links to a variety of works that are now in the public domain.

Click to visit his author page on Wikisource.

If we look at his Other works we find a text called Edinburgh (1914).

This was a text recently uploaded to Wikisource from a djvu scan on the Internet Archive. The text was OCR-ed and proofread by two Wikisource users to ensure it was correct. Now it is 100% searchable HTML and the images have been cropped out so they can be shared individually as openly-licensed images on Wikimedia Commons.

As a result we now have:

1) The illustrated text described as “to the Scot it ought to be a sort of Bible” in 100% searchable HTML on Wikisource.

2) Illustrations shared to Wikimedia Commons for anyone to share and reuse.

3) A new Wikipedia article created on the book with a link to these images and to the text on Wikisource. 1 click away!

4) A link to the text on Wikisource added to the Wikipedia page for Edinburgh so that the text is surfaced on a relevant page where people can discover it.

Don’t believe me about the 100% searchable HTML? Type “moist eyebrows” into the search bar on Wikisource and see if it can find where Stevenson uses it in one of his novels. Make sure you use the speech marks so it can find the exact phrase.

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