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Wikipedia: The Next Generation
It's called Veropedia. Its goal: To create something that students and
teachers can rely on
Nov 04, 2007 04:30 AM
Leslie Scrivener
Feature writer
Toronto Star

Anyone who has ever warned a student about the perils of relying on
Wikipedia for a project might welcome the arrival of its more scholarly
offspring, Veropedia.

Veropedia, which launched just three weeks ago, aims to be more
disciplined than Wikipedia, the massive online encyclopedia with a Wild
West sensibility.

The plan for Veropedia  from the Latin for "to make true" or "verify"
is simple: articles by Wikipedia contributors will be reviewed by experts and
academics before they appear on the website ( Once on the
site, the content is "stable" and cannot be edited by the mischievous.

So, a recent vandal attack on the George W. Bush entry in Wikipedia, which
described the U.S. president as a "Muppet in a chimp suit," would not
likely appear on Veropedia. Nor would the work of the Wikipedia prankster
who attributed a quote from the comic-strip character Dilbert to French
mathematician Ren Descartes, says Veropedia founder Danny Wool.

"The idea of Veropedia is to improve Wikipedia, to create something
serious and stable that students and teachers can rely on," says Wool, who
was raised in Toronto. "There's so much great stuff in Wikipedia, but it
can be better  in its reliability and sourcing of articles. We focus on
the encyclopedic content, moving away from pop culture, which is
permeating the site."

So Veropedia will lack a number of Wikipedias strengths, offer nothing we
cant already get from Wikipedia itself AND itll have advertisements?

Why on earth will people want to use it?

It seems to me that Scholarpedia and Citizendium are both better ideas
that leverage many of Wikipedias strengths while defeating for some of its


What is Veropedia?

Veropedia and Information Ethics
By Jacob Cohen | October 29, 2007
Veropedia is a for-profit endeavor that supports itself with advertising
revenue, I believe this creates two ethical conflicts.
First of all, they are not creating the content themselves. They are
taking what has been contributed by the community, sprucing it up, and
fixing it in place. If they claim the derived work as their own, that
would be deceptive. If they give credit to the original author, theyve
removed that authors ability to make corrections and updates to the
content. If people compare the Wikipedia entry to the Veropedia entry, and
notice any discrepancy, how are they meant to react to that? Is the
original author less correct because Veropedia is making claims about the
verified accuracy of its information? Or is Veropedia less correct because
their article is not receiving the latest information from the author?
Monday, November 05, 2007 9:42:33 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00) 
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