So many newspaper articles are published with missing or vague references to their original sources.
Unsourced is a tool to help us all augment news articles with the stuff that they should be including but don't.
Without sources, it is very hard to gauge the accuracy of an article.
Or, as Ben Goldacre put it: "If you don't link to primary sources, you are dead to me"
We decided to focus on science articles to begin with. There are lots of examples of sloppy - or just plain wrong - science reporting, so it's an area that needs scrutiny.
It's also a nicely formal area, in that most science stories relate to the publication of peer-reviewed paper in a Journal, which can be tracked down.
The plan is to expand the set of tools to cover all sorts of things that might be sources for news stories - government reports, raw data, press releases, etc etc...
We use the article search at journalisted.com to find articles which look like they might need sourcing. Since journalisted has a particular focus on the UK media, so does this site.
However, you can manually enter any article you'd like, using this form.
The data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. If you'd like to reuse it, please attribute it to "unsourced.org contributors".
There isn't yet any comprehensive way of exporting the data. If you want it, let us know what sort of mechanism(s) you'd like to see.
Great! The best starting point is the Media Standards Trust public development mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/mst-dev
You can subscribe via email by sending a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's a Media Standards Trust project.