Yes, Aubrey.  It would be way too onerous to expect us to make each
citation a Wikidata item.

On Tuesday, 26 January 2016, Andrea Zanni <zanni.andre...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:58 AM, Anthony Cole <ahcole...@gmail.com
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
>
> > Most editions of most books published in the last 40 years (certainly
> books
> > from reliable publishers) have an ISBN that identifies one edition. Most
> > reliable journal articles these days have a doi. For simple citing of web
> > pages, you could automatically convert bare urls to archived versions of
> > the cited web page.
> >
>
>
> I do agree with you.
> But the problem emerges if you want to cite the reference (the book, the
> article) as an item.
> There you have to take into account a "book model" in Wikidata, and it's
> easier said than done. (scientific articles are a bit easier, and Magnus is
> working on them).
> https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Source_MetaData
>
> Aubrey
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