Friday, June 6, 2008

Encyclopaedia Britannica Goes -- Gasp! -- Wiki

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Wired campus
June 6, 2008

Encyclopaedia Britannica Goes -- Gasp! -- Wiki

Long a standard reference source for scholarship, largely because of its tightly controlled editing, the Encyclopaedia Britannica announced this week it was throwing open its elegantly-bound covers to the masses.

It will allow the "user community" (in the words of the encyclopedia's blog) to contribute their own articles, which will be clearly marked and run alongside the edited reference pieces.


At Britannica, "readers and users will also be invited into an online community where they can work and publish at Britannica's site under their own names," the encyclopedia's blog explains.

But it's not a complete free-for-all. The voice of Britannica adds that the core encyclopedia itself "will continue to be edited according to the most rigorous standards and will bear the imprimatur 'Britannica Checked' to distinguish it from material on the site for which Britannica editors are not responsible."-Josh Fischman.

Leora Kemp, Librarian

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