"I certainly never write a review about a book I don't think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it's an enormously fashionable bad book." --
says, John Gardner in Conversations with John Gardner
Quoted from 'Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations'     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p.150. Available @ Amazon.com

Friday, June 08, 2007

Top 7 Alternatives to Wikipedia

[NB. This is not a review or view from my Desktop. This is courtesy: Jimmy Atkinson]

Published on Thursday 7th of June, 2007

Touting itself as "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit", it's no wonder that Wikipedia has garnered so much bad press lately. After all, it is hard to imagine that millions of anonymous users could accurately maintain a factual and unbiased living encyclopedia. Wikipedia is a non-profit site that is policed by hundreds of volunteers, yet very few of these volunteers have the experience and knowledge of a professional writer/editor. A cultural bias has seemed to have washed over many entries on the site, as general consensus replaces cold, hard facts. There is also a matter of vandalism, which the site is susceptible to. These problems, coupled with the almost obsessive behavior of many of the volunteers (try placing an external link on the site without having it removed), have led people to other sources for information. If you are looking for a different kind of online encyclopedia, try the seven alternatives to Wikipedia listed below. Read the full article
1. Scholarpedia
2. Citizendium
3. Encyclopedia Britannica Online
4. MSN Encarta
5. Infoplease
6. Conservapedia
7. Uncyclopedia

What do others say about an alternative to Wiki
Then the question remains:
  • Can we compare oranges and apples?
  • Can we compare a fee-based product (safe and authoritative) with a freebie (free, almost close to being unauthoritative)
  • Is there an equation in an (open source) document with what comes in a edited and propreitary protected information service?

    See also related posts from my Blog:
  • Wikipedia and Academia Hit News Headlines Again
  • Is this yet another Wiki in Library and Information Science
  • Researchers Turn Web Blather to Books
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