Encarta Becoming A Wiki

So Encarta is more or less becoming some sort of a Wiki…

Microsoft Corp.’s Encarta encyclopedia is testing a system that lets everyone be an editor — in theory at least. Readers can suggest edits or additions to entries, although the changes are vetted by editors before they reach the page.

Encarta is not requiring such novice editors to identify themselves, said Gary Alt, Encarta’s editorial director. But it is asking them to reveal the source of their information if possible, and the editorial staff will check for both factual errors and evidence of bias.

[Source: CNN]

So it seems the guys at Microsoft have recognized the power of collaborative knowledge and wikis or they’ve started feeling the heat from Wikipedia.

I think this is quite a good step. And I think it’s great how this whole blog and wiki movement is affecting how media and encyclopedias are working.
It’s somehow like giving the power back to the people.

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