Adding new Sources
A source can be added to WikiRate as a URL, file upload or report. All metric values on WikiRate must be traced back to a source, these can be company reports, news articles, websites and so on.
This video demonstrates how to add a URL source to WikiRate (please note, the site has been updated - to get to the “Add Source” button, go to Browse > Sources).
WikiRate enables users to add sources in three different formats:
URL - a source with a web address can simply be added by pasting the URL in the box, e.g. BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. UN Global Compact Membership
File - upload the file and make a note of where you obtained the file in the description, e.g. Apple Supplier Responsibility 2014 Progress Report
Report - when a URL or file source is not available to support a metric value, add the metric value with a report source and explain the source was not available e.g. Siemens AG - Conflict minerals report not filed with SEC
It is important to assess the credibility of a source, researchers should consider who produced it and whether they have a good or bad track record of reliable, unbiased reporting. Leave comments in the discussion box on the source details tab to make a case for whether a source is credible or not.
WikiRate has a voting system to help assess the credibility of sources, users can up-vote sources that are useful and down-vote sources that are not or do not appear to be credible, votes help make the best sources feature more on the platform.
Any number of sources could be associated to one company, so WikiRate uses tagging to create order. With tagging, sources can be linked to one or more companies, and linked to relevant metrics through Report Type. To avoid confusion see quick tips below:
If you are researching GRI metrics, or other sustainability metrics, add the “Corporate Social Responsibility Report” tag under Report Type (see example here).