From: John Stephenson <jstephhuman.mie-u.ac.jp>
Subject: Call for Contributors to New On-line Encyclopedia
A new on-line encyclopedia has recently launched, and it needs your help:
'Citizendium' is like Wikipedia - a non-profit volunteer project building a
free resource - but with more input from professionals:
http://www.citizendium.org/release_003.html (press release)
Citizendium launched in April 2007, and currently has over 1300 articles.
Some of these are Wikipedia originals, now subjected to expert scrutiny;
many are brand new, written and checked by people ranging from interested
amateurs to esteemed professors, none of whom are anonymous. Articles
deemed high quality are 'approved' and are no longer freely editable; we've
a few of these already, though none in linguistics, which is why we need
Citizendium's Linguistics Workgroup has about 30 people signed up,
including a handful of frequent contributors (for now a couple of
academics, plus some PhD students and graduates with related degrees), but
we need professionals to act as 'editors', providing authoritative
guidance, as well as more 'authors':
There are also workgroups for Literature, Psychology and the main arts and
science subjects. Site-wide we have about 1600 authors and over 200 editors.
Have a look at some of the pages we've been working on, and compare them to
http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Linguistics (Wikipedia version being rewritten)
http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Phonology (Wikipedia version being rewritten)
http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Syllable (in progress from scratch)
These pages and more are freely editable - if you don't like what we've
written, change it, because our articles require scrutiny and peer review.
You'll be respected for your work because the 'community' will have
confidence that you know what you're talking about. Presently the articles
represent our limited backgrounds - language acquisition, phonology,
anthropological linguistics and information on specific (mainly European)
languages. We need more!
Please consider joining Citizendium, if only to check out the atmosphere -
you're not obligated to do anything, but we encourage members to 'be bold'
in editing pages. No-one will snap your hand off and leave naughty words
all over your user page. Some helpful links:
http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Help:Contents - how to get started
http://www.citizendium.org/cfa.html - how to join (you need to submit
evidence of your identity, such as a weblink to your academic home page,
and provide a short biography; applicants for editorship must submit a CV.
We have a lot of applicants to process, so you may have to wait a while.)
We look forward to seeing you on Citizendium.
Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Mie University, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)59 231 9137
CZ user page: http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/User:John_Stephenson
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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