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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative to Wikipedia

eldavojohn (898314) writes | more than 3 years ago

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eldavojohn (898314) 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 it past a 120 person group of leading philosophers around the world and Stanford's administration. If you thought Wikipedia was getting too hard to edit, this 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 it but one of the originators says, 'Our model is authoritative. Their [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.' Despite its title suggesting only philosophy, the site has extensive articles from Quantum Computing to technical luminaries like Kurt Friedrich Gödel and Alan Turing. Today this online encyclopedia is now open to the public with high quality content (the article notes that searching for 'quantum mechanics' puts Stanford's article second only to Wikipedia's). The principal editor noted 'It's the natural thing to do. I'm surprised no one is doing it for the other disciplines.'"
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