Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cuba Launches its own Wikipedia

According to various sites, Cuba is launching an online encyclopedia, dubbed EcuRed. You can check it out, although I couldn't get it to load this morning, no doubt too busy after the news broke.  According to the BBC:

... it was developed "to create and disseminate the knowledge of all and for all, from Cuba and with the world".

"Its philosophy is the accumulation and development of knowledge, with a democratising, not profitable, objective, from a decolonizer point of view."
I wonder if this will be a growing trend, of creating own own wikipedias out there to come from a certain perspective -- not unlike web sites, blogs, and certain cable television news operations.  Perhaps so.  And if so, this will lead to an even greater fragmentation of audience and sources and less shared or common knowledge.  Then again, it's Cuba.  How good can the site be?

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