Co-founder of Wikipedia, now a critic, starts spinoff with academic editors


This could be interesting. The article is subscription only but the gist is easy enough to get from below. “Citizendium”

Can scholars build a better version of Wikipedia? Larry Sanger, a co-founder who has since become a critic of the open-source encyclopedia, intends to find out.

This week Mr. Sanger announced the creation of the Citizendium, an online, interactive encyclopedia that will be open to public contributors but guided by academic editors. The site aims to give academics more authorial control — and a less combative environment — than they find on Wikipedia, which affords all users the same editing privileges, whether they have any proven expertise or not.

I should note that Kevin Wilson has started an excellent project along these same lines for biblical studies. Check out the Blue Cord Bible Dictionary and, in particular, the solid list of Contributors. It is very promising!

(Via Chronicle.com – Today’s News.)

 

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