The BiblioTech Web blog, a helpful place to stay up-to-date on how technology is changing libraries, has posted this :

“The Chronicle of Higher Education just posted an article about a new scholarly version of Wikipedia that’s coming out soon. It’s called Citizendium, is being started by one of the co-founders of Wikipedia, and the biggest difference between it and Wikipedia is that it will be “responsibly managed” by having academic editors guiding each entry. While anyone will be able to contribute to Citizendium, there will be scholars with credentials (”the qualifications typically needed for a tenure-track academic position”) to act as editors.”The goal is to create a resource similar to Wikipedia, but with a hugh credibility boost. As librarians, we really need to keep an eye on Citizendia (and probably contribute to it!). It could be just what we’ve been looking for!

“And if you’d like to be a participant of the private “pilot project,” visit their Call for Participation to submit your application.

Okay, so the idea is perhaps valuable. But it won’t fly for the mere reason of its name: “citizendium?” Clever, but not helpful. Thanks, Jason, for pointing this out to me.

Kudos, by the way, to Scott Pfitzinger who runs the BiblioTech Web site for keeping me informed on the intersection of librarianship and really cool technology.

Your thoughts on Citizendium, my dear readers? Will it work? Is it worth it? is it possible to have such a project with the same authority as a reputable print series? Pros? Cons?

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