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I'm just popping in here just to invite you to Biology Week at the new (better?), expert-guided wiki encyclopedia,  I started it.  I also started Wikipedia back in 2001, but I think our new model of content production is better.  You're very welcome to join us--we're holding an "open house" specifically for biologists.  See the announcement below.
--Larry Sanger
Lawrence M. Sanger, Ph.D. | 
Editor-in-Chief, Citizendium | 
Executive Director, WatchKnow |

Wiki Encyclopedia Invites Biologists to a Weeklong Open House 

International Cyberspace — September 19 — Biology Week, an online "open house" for biologists, biology students, and anyone else interested, begins September 22 on Citizendium (, the next-generation wiki encyclopedia started by Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger. 

During the week, biologists and anyone interested in the topic are invited test out the Citizendium system. Editors and authors from the project's Biology Workgroup will be on hand to meet and greet new people on the wiki. "I strongly believe that the Citizendium system will be appealing to many scientists and scholars," said Sanger. "Many of them just need to give it a try. Biology Week is an excuse for biologists to try out the system together." 

Biology is one of the more active areas in the Citizendium, with nearly 1,000 articles in progress. Unlike the Encyclopedia of Life, the project is a wiki and benefits from strong collaboration; for an example of the success of the system, biologists might want to see the article "Life" ( 

Dr. Gareth Leng, Professor of Experimental Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, and Citizendium author and editor, described the project: "Our role will not be to tell readers what opinions they should hold, but to give them the means to decide, rationally, for themselves. The role of experts is critical—not to impose opinions, but to support accuracy in reporting and citing information." 

The Citizendium, or "citizens' compendium," uses the same software as Wikipedia. It is a successful public-expert hybrid project to produce a general reference resource. The community encourages general public participation, but makes a low-key, guiding role for experts. It also requires real names and asks contributors to sign a "social contract." 

As a result, the project is vandalism-free and, despite its youth (its public launch was just 18 months ago), has steadily added over 8,000 articles, many of them of fine quality. 


Citizendium website: 
Biology Week homepage: 
"Life" (sample article): 


Prof. Supten Sarbadhikari (Biology Week coordinator) 
Founding Chair of Biomedical Informatics 
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research 
Coimbatore, India 

Dr. Daniel Mietchen (Biology Week coordinator) 
Structural Brain Mapping Group 
Department of Psychiatry 
University of Jena 

Dr. Larry Sanger 
Editor-in-Chief, Citizendium; co-founder of Wikipedia 
Executive Director, WatchKnow (to launch soon) 
This press release may be found at