Encyclopaedia Britannica takes on Wikipedia

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In an unexpected move, given its makers much-publicised dislikeof Wikipedia, the online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica has gone allwiki on us and installed an online editor on its site.

It’s all part of a new overhaul that was recently announcedthrough the website’s blog, on a post titled: ‘Britannica’s New Site: More Participation, CollaborationFrom Experts And Readers.’

Become an editor

In a statement, the makers of the knowledge book said thatthey want to create "a welcoming community for scholars, experts, and laycontributors."

The blog continues: "The Britannica Online site will become the hub of anew online community thatwill welcome and engage thousands of scholars and experts with whom we alreadyhave relationships."

These changes will be similar to Wikipedia in that anyregistered user can edit, change and amend an entry to their liking. The bigdifference, however, is that the editor’s name will be included at the bottomof the article.

Encyclopaedia Britannica has been online since 1994, andthis is one of the major changes to the site in its 14-year tenure.



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