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Citizendium

Wikis are great for collaboration. But, as is commonly viewed by educators, the accuracy of information in sites like wikipedia can be a concern. Citizendium has launched with a model of expert-editors, instead of the “anyone edits and contributes” model of wikipedia. In my thinking, this is a question of where we place our “rules” in society. Wikipedia says “it’s all open”, and attaches rules through a democratic model of evaluating and validating information (i.e. the rules determine which information stays, how disputes are handled, etc. – in a sense, it’s messy). Citizendium places rules up front – namely, experts are selected in advance, and their voice (in the form of a workgroup) determines the type of information/knowledge included in the space.