Do We Need Another Open Encyclopedia?

Or does the Web needs another Wikipedia? If you answer yes, you better check out Citizendium and find out for yourself how it differs from Wikipedia. And if you love it and see its potential, might as well register and be one of the first contributors of this new wiki project.

The Citizendium (sit-ih-ZEN-dee-um), a “citizens’ compendium of everything,” is an experimental new wiki project. The project, started by a founder of Wikipedia, aims to improve on the Wikipedia model by adding “gentle expert oversight” and requiring contributors to use their real names.

logo150bgr.jpgEverything sounds like what Wikipedia is, except for the phrase “gentle expert oversight”. Having worked with Wikipedia and seeing one of its flaw, Citizendium is hoping to achieve what Wikipedia failed to achieve. And that is authoritativeness of entries, with the help of expert editors.

Aside from this, Citizendium would also require its citizens to log in and register their real names. But then, who would verifiy if such name is valid or not? This question also goes out to the editors. Will Citizendium founders get out of their way to do a background check of its editors?

Would Citizendium achieve what Wikipedia achieved and succeed in differentiating itself from Wikipedia? Or will this effort just add up to the continuing information overload in the web sphere?

We will see in the coming days, as soon as Citizendium completely opens its door for public consumption.

In the meantime, read more about this Citizendium project here. or check out the Citizendium blog.

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