Sunday, October 22, 2006

Wikipedia Competition?

Seems like the Wikipedia will soon have some serious competition.

According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Larry Sanger, a co-founder, and now critic of Wikipedia, has announced the creation of the Citizendium, "an online, interactive encyclopedia that will be open to public contributors but guided by academic editors."

The model for Citizendium is one in which "self-appointed experts will oversee the editing and shaping of articles. Any Web surfer, regardless of his or her credentials, will be able to contribute to the Citizendium. But scholars with "the qualifications typically needed for a tenure-track academic position" will act as editors, he said, authorizing changes in articles and approving entries they deem to be trustworthy".

It will be interesting to see how this competition will play out...

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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