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Open content encyclopedia calls for submissions about biological sciences

Larry Sanger lsanger at nupedia.com
Mon Mar 13 18:28:38 EST 2000

A major new encyclopedia project, Nupedia.com, requests expert
help in constructing an "open content" encyclopedia, planned to
become the largest general encyclopedia in the history of
humankind.  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 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 entries.

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

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.

Since making our press release last Thursday announcing
Nupedia's existence, several hundreds of people from around the
world have signed up as Nupedia members, including some very
highly-qualified people (including Ph.D.'s in physics,
psychology, philosophy, etc.).

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
Editor-in-Chief, Nupedia.com
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 from there.

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