WEB PROJECTS: A Scholarly Wikipedia?

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Science  27 Oct 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5799, pp. 571
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5799.571e

A Wikipedia co-founder-turned-detractor is hoping to build a more academic alternative to the freewheeling, user-written encyclopedia. Headed by Larry Sanger, the Citizendium will rely on public participation but will recruit experts to edit entries. Although these editors won't dictate the content of the articles, they will guide authors and referee disputes among them. They can also stamp articles they've vetted as approved. Answering a frequent criticism of Wikipedia, anyone who wants to edit an entry on a scholarly topic will usually need academic credentials. A pilot project to test the strategy began last week. The results won't be open to the public, but you can apply to be an editor or one of the “constables” who enforces the rules.


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