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Encyclopaedia Britannica takes on Wikipedia

Britannica goes wiki
Britannica goes wiki

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

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

Become an editor

In a statement, the makers of the knowledge book said that they want to create “a welcoming community for scholars, experts, and lay contributors.”

The blog continues: “The Britannica Online site will become the hub of a new online community that will welcome and engage thousands of scholars and experts with whom we already have relationships.”

These changes will be similar to Wikipedia in that any registered user can edit, change and amend an entry to their liking. The big difference, however, is that the editor’s name will be included at the bottom of the article.

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