Larry Sanger, one of the co-founders of Wikipedia, will be piloting a similar project called Citizendium (citizen + compendium).

This project will be different from Wikipedia in significant ways:

  • At the beginning, the content of Citizendium will be the same as Wikipedia, using its content as a base.  Over time, edits to the Citizendium database will take precendence over the original Wikipedia content.
  • There will be 3 major types of participants: authors, editors, and constables.  Authors write/edit articles.  Editors will have published qualifications in their areas of expertise and will work with authors to be sure content is accurate.  Constables, on the other hand, will deal with administrative problems such as blocking users.
  • Edits can be made only by those logged in under their real names and email addresses.

At this point, a pilot is available, but only to a group of invited people.  After this pilot period, it should be available to the rest of us.

[from Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge]
[from  ZDNet]


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