What could possibly be left to say about the navigation of the Dictionary of Sydney? There are a few things, which I’ll wrap up into this final post in our series.
Reading the Dictionary on the road
Did you know there is a mobile version of the Dictionary of Sydney? If you have a smart phone or tablet, you can see a version of the Dictionary which will adapt to the small screen size of your phone, and display the content in the Dictionary in a more suitable way.
We are also working on a fully mobile version, which will incorporate the fact that your smart phone knows where you are to show you the Dictionary items that are near you in space.
Part of this effort is directed at producing a capacity to mark trails through our material, that might correspond with real trails, such as walking tours, in the real city. This will be a very exciting breakthrough, and you can be sure we’ll trumpet it when we make it there.
The Dictionary linking to the world
The Dictionary is also part of an extensive and growing internet ecosystem. Our entries are included in the National Library’s incomparable Trove, which has revolutionised historical research in a very short time.
External links to other sources can be found in the right hand column.
We are working to include more external links to collections, source material, scholarship and great history sites.
The Dictionary and Wikipedia
Did you read that correctly, that we link to Wikipedia? You certainly did.
Wikipedia is one of the great new inventions of the internet age, and it’s one we certainly try to work with as much as possible. Increasing numbers of Wikipedia articles use the Dictionary of Sydney as a trusted and authoritative source, and we hope that Wikipedia readers follow those citations to us to find more detailed content.
Check out West Pymble in Wikipedia for an example of an article that’s been greatly improved by using historical material from the Dictionary of Sydney. This can only benefit Wikipedia, the Dictionary and anyone interested in Sydney’s history.
We encourage Wikipedians, especially those in WikiProject Sydney, to use the Dictionary’s content in their work, by providing the correct code to cite the Dictionary articles in each and every one. Click on the Cite This link on every entry page, and you’ll find a popup that gives a range of ways to cite the Dictionary, including two formats for Wikipedia citations.
Sharing the Dictionary
Tell your friends! Or just save an entry to read later.
At the bottom right hand side of every page in the Dictionary is a tab marked Share – from here you can select the social media option of your choice to share or bookmark whichever page you’re on, whether that’s an entry, a multimedia item, a subject heading, a map or a role.
Enjoy your explorations through the Dictionary, and beyond in the great world of history online. Come back and tell us what you find!
Other posts in this series:
Finding your way through the Dictionary part 4 — Contributors
Finding your way through the Dictionary part 5 — Demographics
Finding your way through the Dictionary part 8 — Bonus extras