Thursday, October 16, 2008

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

School Library Journal's article "Britannica Gets Wikified" explains how this venerable encyclopedia is launching an open source project which will allow experts and the public to create and share knowledge on their site. The carefully edited Encyclopaedia Britannica will continue to exist but there will be another section for its new "community of scholars". Works posted by the public will not be checked for grammar, spelling or punctuation. Unlike, Wikipedia each contributor will have total control of his/her article and can decide whether to permit others to contribute. Readers will also be allowed to rank the accuracy of the information. I tried to find this on the website but the ads were making me crazy.

1 comment:

Max Weismann said...

We are a not-for-profit educational organization, founded by Mortimer Adler and we are Encyclopaedia Britannica’s exclusive agent for these programs.

We have recently made an exciting discovery--three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos on the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost and are now available.

For those of you who teach, this is great for the classroom.

I cannot over exaggerate how instructive these programs are--we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

Please go here to see a clip and learn more: