Britannica Wiki Buzz

If you haven’t already heard, Encyclopedia Britannica is launching a new wiki-based web service. Scholars will be encouraged to contribute content. And users will be able to contribute as well.  Content meeting the EB’s publishing standards will be labeled with “Britannica Checked” to distinguish it from other content. What an interesting tool this could become.

Do take a look at Joyce Valenza’s terrific post about this. From Joyce’s post:

If Britannica is able to attract scholars to its portal, if it is able to connect academic collaborators, if it is able to make breaking research available, as well as protected, if it is able to avoid the lengthy delay of formal academic publication, then everyone benefits.

I couldn’t agree more. Here’s hoping they can do all that!

A beta preview of the site is currently available.