The Citizendium (sit-ih-ZEN-dee-um), a “citizens’ compendium of everything,” will be an experimental new wiki project that combines public participation with gentle expert guidance. It will begin life as a “progressive fork” of Wikipedia. But we expect it to take on a life of its own and, perhaps, to become the flagship of a new set of responsibly-managed free knowledge projects. We will avoid calling it an “encyclopedia,” because there will probably always be articles in the resource that have not been vouched for in any sense.
Visit the The Citizendium Project website and read Larry Sanger’s Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge. Explore the project and Sanger’s essay, and contribute your knowledge to the Whats New Media Wiki.
UPDATES: Sanger forks Wikipedia from Nicholas Carr’s blog and commentary from ZDNet, Ars, and again from ZDNet’s Donna Bogatin, Web 2.0 smackdown: intellectuals vs. amateurs in Citizendium.