As many of you may know by now, “Citizendium”:http://www.citizendium.org/about.html is now live. The site aims to be like Wikipedia but with ‘quality control’ — it uses a quasi-hierarchical role structure and asks its authors provide CVs and other proof of their expertise. So if you have been interested in writing open access encyclopedia articles about anthropology but have found the politicking of Wikipedia distracting, then Citizendium may be for you.
I personally am somewhat ambivalent about Citizendium. I’ve written many Wikipedia articles myself, and have been lurking on the Citizendium mailing lists since they were started. I know that many Wikipedians think that the Wikipedia’s social and editorial policies simply don’t do the job they should. At the same time, many also think that Citizendium is an elitist program destined to fail. Personally, I think: the more pedias, the more better.
At the moment the anthropology offerings on Citizendium are pretty sparse — check out the “entry on anthropology itself”:http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Anthropology if you don’t believe me — and they could use some more help. So consider “signing up”:http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Citizendium_Pilot:How_to_get_started_with_the_Citizendium_pilot and helping make our work as anthropologists more open to the public.