Periodicals on Wikipedia: Serbian Newspapers, Journals and Yearbooks
Aleksandra Popovic, University of Belgrade - University library "Svetozar Marković", Serbia
Sanja Antonic, Oja Krinulovic / University of Belgrade - University Library "Svetozar Markovic"; Djordje Stakic / University of Belgrade - Faculty of Mathematics, Serbia
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Serbian periodicals are presented on Wikipedia which is a suitable platform for displaying valid and verifiable information available to users worldwide. Printing press reflects cultural level of a society and its role in the development of such a society is undisputed. Serbian periodicals have a long publication history as the first Serbian newspapers had appeared before the establishment and official proclamation of the restored Serbian state.
Wikipedia, as a source of information, connects texts with factual data, illustrations, front pages, editors, authors, bibliographic data, different sources and literature thus making a unique whole and knowledge available to anyone. It also provides data via links to digital collections of newspapers and magazines.
The first Serbian journal in Slavonic-Serbian entitled “Slaveno-serbskij magazin” was printed in Venice in 1768. It was edited by Zaharije Stefanovic Orfelin who was a poet, historian, designer and one of the rare Serbs of the time who recognized the importance of printed press for enlightening people. The first newspaper entitled “Novine Serbske” were printed in Vienna.
The first chronicle Letopis Matice Srpske was founded in 1824, and was published in Budim. It was edited in Novi Sad and it is published today. The first scientific journal in medical sciences entitled “Srpski arhiv za celokupno lekarstvo” was published in 1872.
For years bibliographies and lists of Serbian periodicals with tradition of over two centuries were being prepared. Today, this can be presented in a simpler and improved way via the biggest online encyclopedia which has been growing and developing on a daily basis.
Author's professional CV
Aleksandra Popovic was born in 1957 in Sokobanja. She completed primary school and grammar school in Belgrade and graduated from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics of the University of Belgrade, Department of Molecular Biology and Physiology. Aleksandra Popović has been employed at the University Library “Svetozar Marković” since 1988, first as an information librarian on biomedicine and biotechnology and, since 2008, as the Head of the Sector of Scientific Information and Library Development and the Head of the Department of Scientific Information and Education. She participated at numerous conferences and symposia and authored numerous professional and scholarly papers in Serbian and English. She is also involved in lecturing, presentations and the implementation of accredited courses on LIS-related topics throughout Serbia.