Citizendium

I’ve heard about Citizendium a few times in the last few days. Today was, however, the first time that I went to it. It’s founded by Larry Sanger – one of the founders of Wikipedia.

The aims of the site are:

* We aim at credibility, not just quantity.
* Open to public participation¬ógently guided by experts.
(What a concept!)
* We write under our real names and are both collegial and congenial.
* We’re 5,700 articles (plus!) strong.
* Eduzendium participants write for academic credit.

It also claims:

The project, started by a founder of Wikipedia, feels that we can achieve this crucial improvement over Wikipedia through measures such as adding “gentle expert oversight” and requiring contributors to use their real names.

The registering process requires sending your name, preferably a work related email address, information about your interests – and for those wanting editor rights, CV and supporting publication lists etc. – clearly a lot more than Wikipedia requires. It’s probably worth watching.

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