Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Veropedia: New spin on wikis

Veropedia provides a new slant on wikis. Why? Veropedia claims:

“Veropedia is a collaborative effort by a group of Wikipedians to collect the best of Wikipedia’s content, clean it up, vet it, and save it for all time. These articles are stable and cannot be edited, The result is a quality stable version that can be trusted by students, teachers, and anyone else who is looking for top-notch, reliable information.”

“Our material is written by Wikipedia contributors. The role of experts and academics will be to check it and, ideally, approve it. The work to improve the article takes place on Wikipedia, and the newer version is imported back to Veropedia. In that way, both Wikipedia and Veropedia benefit from better quality content.”

I have yet to browse veropedia to compare with Wikipedia, but it’ll be interesting to see how this develops over the next year. Will it be accepted by the educational world or rejected because of its wiki relative? Hmm. Only time will tell.

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