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Encyclopaedia Britannica Taps UGC January 22, 2009

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News.

Encyclopaedia Britannica will let readers and contributing experts help expand and maintain entries online to keep the reference work up to date. Experts will also be enrolled in a reward scheme and given help to promote their command of a subject.

Britannica is not going the way of Wikipedia however, which is put together entirely with the help of its volunteer experts. User-generated content would sit alongside the encyclopaedia entries and the official material would carry a “Britannica Checked” stamp to distinguish it.

We believe that the creation and documentation of knowledge is a collaborative process but not a democratic one.

Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica in a blog entry about responsibility as publishers and the ‘wisdom of the crowds’ fad.

Alongside the move towards more openness, will be a re-design of the Britannica site and the creation of the web-based tools that visitors can use to put together their own reference materials. Britannica has unveiled a beta, or trial, version of what will become the finished Britannica Online website.


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