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Stanford’s Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

September 7th, 2010 09:40 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

eldavojohn writes “For decades, Stanford has been working on a different kind of Wikipedia. It might even be considered closer to a peer-reviewed journal, since you have get submissions past a 120 person group of leading philosophers around the world, not to mention Stanford’s administration. It has several layers of approval, but the authoritative model produces high quality content — even if it only amounts to 1,200 articles. Content you can read straight through to find everything pertinent — not hop around following link after link like the regular Wikipedia. You might question the need for this, but one of the originators says, ‘Our model is authoritative. [Wikipedia's] model is one an academic isn’t going to be attracted to. If you are a young academic, who might spend six months preparing a great article on Thomas Aquinas, you’re not going to publish in a place where anyone can come along and change this.’ The site has articles covering topics from Quantum Computing to technical luminaries like Kurt Friedrich Gödel and Alan Turing. The principal editor said, ‘It’s the natural thing to do. I’m surprised no one is doing it for the other disciplines.’”

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