Sources searcher

I made very initial release of sources searcher for authors, which may be used for improving quality of Wikipedia articles. It is just basically useful, but I think that it will become more useful very soon (including a web interface at Toolserver). Also, please add your comments, wishes etc. When program become usable for wider public, I’ll announce it at Wikimedian lists.

Project page at SourceForge is here; you may download 14kB version without pywikipediabot or 4MB+ version with pywikipediabot. Program will not work without pywikipediabot, so if you didn’t download it separately, download version with it.

Here is the inital README file:

Version 0.0.1, 2007-11-03

This is Python Sources, initial version of the software for making authors’ life easier. For now, it is not so useful, but a person who knows to work with pywikipediabot may use it.

First of all, go to pywikipedia directorium and change bot parameters there and log in as you would with pywikipedia bot. This bot doesn’t edit anything, but it is cool to have bot accounts all over the wiki world, even they don’t have bot flags 😉

== Purpose and usage ==

Intention of this program is to generate relevant links/sources for appropriate subject.

1) For example, if you want to find sources in English about sociolinguistics concept “idiom”, you should type:

./gen_sources.py en sociolinguistics idiom

2) But, if you want to find sources in Spanish, but you know only English, assuming that English Wikipedia has an interwiki link to the appropriate article on Spanish Wikipedia (as it has in this case), you should type:

./gen_sources.py en sociolinguistics idiom es

== Output ==

Program will generate a (media)wiki list of external links. You may use them via your personal MediaWiki installation or via your user page on some project which uses MediaWiki.

In this version you will get sources from the next sites:

– Wikipedia (if you mentioned other language, you will get sources in both
languages)
– Google search (only in the first language)
– Google Books (only in the first language)
– Britannica (only in English)

== Further development ==

I want to work on this software and you may expect new versions in the near future. I have a couple of ideas (if you take a look at the code, you would be able to see some of them). At least, in the next version I’ll write here a little bit more about ideas.

== Contact ==

Milos Rancic, millosh@gmail.com

== Terms of use ==

If you get pysources with pywikipediabot, for terms of use of pywikipediabot, please take a look at the file LICENSE inside of subdirectory “pywikipediabot”.

pysources, program for helping authors by generating sources links Copyright (C) 2007 Milos Rancic

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/&gt;.

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~ by millosh on November 3, 2007.

 
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