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Submission no.
Subject no.
Title of the submission

Integrating Wikipedia content into an expert-written peer-reviewed encyclopedia

Type of submission


Author of the submission

Matthew Pintar

Country of origin

United States


Texas Tech University

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The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is a free expert-written and peer-reviewed online encyclopedia that covers topics about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE incorporates unique content contributed by its authors as well as content from its content partners and free and open sources. However, there has been little inclusion of content from Wikipedia on the EoE and vice versa. I will explore the goals and structure of the EoE, if there is room for the EoE in a Wikipedia-dominated world, and what limits and how to foster content sharing between the two encyclopedias.

Detailed proposal

The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is a free expert-written and peer-reviewed online encyclopedia that covers topics about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. It is intended to be a resource for students, educators, scholars, professionals, and the general public written by scholars and professionals. Contributors to the EoE are required to be approved by the editorial board, work under their real name, and include a short biography of themselves. The review process on the EoE can provide a greater incentive for academics and other experts to contribute because the recognition that comes with authorship. Content on the EoE can come for original author contributions, content partners, or other free and open sources. The content includes articles, reports, speeches, images, definitions, ebooks, and others.

The EoE contains a large variety of high quality articles, but still lacks complete coverage of many topics. The EoE has recognized that Wikipedia contains content suitable for inclusion, but substantial incorporation of this material into the EoE has not occurred. Obstacles to content transfer include both the idea that such content would be unreliable and the review process. I will go over the goals and content of the EoE and explore several questions. What can be done to overcome these obstacles, and what becomes of content once in the EoE? Does the predominance of Wikipedia (and the very inclusion of its content) leave room for the EoE? Why do so few people contribute to the EoE? Can EoE content be included on Wikipedia?

With my involvement in the EoE, I hope to foster cross-content collaboration between the EoE and Wikipedia, encourage authors on both sites to contribute to the other, and work towards creating end products to maximize the EoE’s impact. A potential end product could be textbooks offered at a minimal price to provide resources to students around the world while avoiding the current exorbitant prices of many textbooks.

  • Cultural and Educational Outreach
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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  1. The title is interesting, but I'd love to see more details. --អមីរ ឯ. អហរោណិ 07:33, 12 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
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