Many people are aware of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, and its many uses. I wrote about Wikipedia a few weeks ago in an article entitled, "Free Online Encyclopedia May Be the World's Best." My article is available at http://tinyurl.com/fxg3y. In fact, Wikipedia has become one of the most popular sites on the Internet. Its success has spawned many other "wikis," including the Encyclopedia of Genealogy at http://www.eogen.com.
Wikipedia and other wikis have numerous shortcomings, however. The sites are very democratic, encouraging input from everyone. Democracy is often a good thing, but it occasionally produces somewhat less than professional results. Now one of Wikipedia's creators has announced a new project to keep the strengths of Wikipedia while correcting some of its deficiencies. It seems to me that the genealogy community could adopt this new approach to improve the validity of contributed information - and hence, the user experience.
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