Citizendium update



As I mentioned in my previous post on the subject, Citizendium is a new expert driven encyclopedia which aims to correct the main problems of Wikipedia. As Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger, who is leading the creation of Citizendium says, "Wikipedia has accomplished great things, but the world can do even better. By engaging expert editors, eliminating anonymous contribution, and launching a more mature community under a new charter, a much broader and more influential group of people and institutions will be able to improve upon Wikipedia’s extremely useful, but often uneven work. The result will be not only enormous and free, but reliable."

While I haven't talked much about this, I have spent a good bit of time editing Wikipedia and currently serve as one of the online encyclopedia's administrators. I have also been involved in the early discussions on Citizendium. Some of my concerns with Citizendium, which I expressed in my previous post, have turned out to be unfounded. (This includes my concern about the name--it grows on you, it really does!)

In the coming days Citizendium will be gaining a good deal of press coverage as the Citizendium launches its pilot project. For an overview of Citizendium, please see Modern Dragon's wonderful article on the subject.

I don't know where all of this will lead but, as I stated a few weeks ago, I am certain of one thing: All humanity will end up winning by this next phase in the creation of a free, reliable encyclopedia.