Ezclopedia is a new OA, user-written encyclopedia trying to do better than Wikipedia. From the about page:
Ezclopedia is an online, knowledge sharing website that provides a better alternative for qualified individuals to share their knowledge and provide free, reliable, trustworthy information and get the credit and revenue sharing they deserve for their sincere, knowledgeable efforts.
The following are key concepts that differentiate Ezclopedia with other wiki, knowledge sharing websites:
We believe collaboration will produce high quality articles. We believe collaboration will produce high quality articles. An Author may write an article alone or work with two or more Authors who share the same opinion, belief or expertise. The Author who starts the article is called the Lead Author and Author(s) who contribute to the content of an article are called Co-authors. A Lead Author may invite other Author(s) to become Co-author(s) of an article....Authors who do not want their articles edited by others can still collaborate with other Author(s) by requesting a peer-review of an article. An Author can also apply to peer-review articles written by other Authors....
We believe healthy competition will produce high quality articles. We also believe healthy competition will produce high quality articles. Ezclopedia allows different Authors or groups of Authors to write articles using the same title. Since multiple Authors can write about the same topic, no single Author can prevent other Authors from expressing their different views. Readers will have the opportunity to learn about a topic or issue from several different points of view. Ultimately, readers will decide which articles should be ranked or rated higher than the others.
We believe Authors should receive the appreciation, recognition and reward they deserve. We know that the quality of our Authors is a key factor in the success of Ezclopedia, and in our effort to build an extensive, trustworthy online knowledge sharing website. Without them, there won't be any articles written or expert knowledge to share. Our Authors receive the appreciation and recognition they deserve. Furthermore, as a for profit organization, we believe it is unethical to directly or indirectly use content contributed by our Authors to earn profits without sharing these earnings with our Authors....
Since its inception, Ezclopedia has been a for-profit organization....Each article page will contain contextual advertising related to the contents of the article. Advertising revenue generated by each article is shared among Author(s) of the article and Ezclopedia....
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Peter Suber at 10/27/2007 05:28:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.