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LinuxPR: Upstart Open Content Encyclopedia Threatens to Displace Britannica, Encarta

Nov 10, 2000, 00:51 (1 Talkback[s])

"Remember when you used an encyclopedia to write school reports? Now check out what your kids will be using."

"Nupedia.com, an Open Content encyclopedia project started last February, is threatening to become the dominant encyclopedia reference of the 21st century, displacing ordinary proprietary encyclopedias in the same way that the open source operating system, Linux, is threatening to displace Windows. Nupedia's successful efforts at recruitment of volunteer editors and writers and at the design of a functioning editorial system are more illustrations of the success of the Open Source/Open Content movement. And another reason for Microsoft to fear that movement."

"The online encyclopedia project boasts many dozens of volunteer Ph.D. subject editors and peer reviewers from six continents, who are rightly proud of its extremely rigorous, professional peer review system. The review process is now underway, several articles have been posted, and over 100 more have been assigned. The project's prospects look quite bright."

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