Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How can Encyclopaedia Britannica survive in a wiki world - The Boston Globe

See the full article for details.  On a related note, Encarta will be discontinued later this year.

The venerable Encyclopaedia Britannica is preparing for the most radical overhaul in its 241-year history, and it's recruiting its readers to do much of the work.

It's a bid by Britannica to remain relevant at a time when the world's most popular encyclopedia, the eight-year-old website Wikipedia, is written entirely by amateur experts. The new version of Britannica Online, set to debut this summer, will emulate the Wikipedia concept by letting subscribers make changes to any article, ranging from minor edits to near-total rewrites.

How can Encyclopaedia Britannica survive in a wiki world - The Boston Globe

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