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From: Larry Sanger <lsanger_at_nupedia.com>
Open content encyclopedia calls for submissions about music
A major new encyclopedia project, Nupedia.com, requests expert help in
constructing an "open content" encyclopedia, planned to become the largest
general encyclopedia in history. The project has significant financial
support, and its leaders and owners are committed to a years-long,
intensive effort -- to founding an open, public institution.
If you are an expert in any subject, your participation in the project
will be welcome. We are in need of well-qualified writers, editors, and
peer reviewers, and will be doing searches for subject area editors.
Moreover, if you are a good writer and researcher, you may be interested
in contributing short biographies, descriptions of cities, and other brief
What does it mean to say the encyclopedia is "open content"? This means
that anyone can use content taken from Nupedia articles for almost any
purpose, both for-profit or non-profit, so long as Nupedia is credited as
the source and so long as the distributor of the information does not
attempt to restrict others from distributing the same information.
Nupedia will be "open content" in the same way that Linux and the Open
Directory Project (dmoz.com) are "open source." As has been the case with
those projects, we plan to attract a huge body of talented contributors.
Since making our initial press release earlier this month, over 800 people
from around the world have signed up as Nupedia members, including some
very highly-qualified people (including Ph.D.'s in very many relevant
Because Nupedia will be open content, it will be in a freely-distributable
public resource created by an international public effort. It is not an
exaggeration to say that your contributions would help to provide an
international public a free education. We believe Nupedia is, thus, a
project worthy of your attention.
If you want to join us or stay apprised of the progress of Nupedia, please
take a minute to go to the Nupedia website at http://www.nupedia.com/ and
become a member. (Becoming a member is quick, easy, and free.)
Thank you very much for your attention.
Larry Sanger, Ph.D. expected May 2000 Philosophy, Ohio State
San Diego, California
P.S. If you wish to help promote this project -- something we would
greatly appreciate -- please do forward this announcement to any
*appropriate* forums and to colleagues you think may be interested
(including your local/departmental mailing lists and newsgroups). Or, if
you would rather that Nupedia make the announcement on a forum you
frequent, please just give us a pointer to the forum and we can take it
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Received on Fri Mar 24 2000 - 16:04:36 EST