“Welcome to Scholarpedia, the peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written by scholars from around the world.”

Well hello indeed! Scholarpedia, Dr . Eugene Izhikevich’s contribution on the MediaWiki platform, is a knowledge machine. Each article is curated by an expert in its respective field. For example, ‘Facial expression analysis’ is written and moderated by Paul Eckman. It’s still in early development (many articles remain to be written), yet is already a great step in the future of quality information distribution.

This thing is citeable, and a complete history of revisions is available. That in its own right will be an interesting view “into the living process of peer review and progress of ideas that is hidden behind the scenes in traditional publications.” Wiki goes on to say thast “some revisions may well become classics much like a fine vintage of wine.” Fascinating externality. A knowledge project produces more knowledge than anticipated, brilliant! Get on Scholarpedia and give it a try.

A note to my friends of academic prestige: get in while the project’s still young. Better yet, get a group of collaborators and form a couple pages together. Concise descriptions of the concepts comprising your discipline. These pages are a limited resource.




7 thoughts on “Scholarpedia

  1. Several points:
    1) Scholarpedia is independent of Wikimedia Foundation, though it also runs on a MediaWiki base.
    2) Writing articles is, for the time being, by invitation only.
    3) Some of the invitations are issued based on the results of public elections of candidate authors.
    4) Every registered user can participate in these elections and also make changes to any article, though these would have to be accepted by their respective curators.
    5) Take a look at a random page to get a more precise idea.
    6) There is also an intermediate approach between Wikipedia and Scholarpedia: Citizendium requires registration with real names, and each registered user can then edit the draft pages of any article, or create new pages. When these drafts pass a review process, a stable version is set up and displayed per default, while development and updates can continue on the draft pages. Take a look at a random page to get a more precise idea.

  2. I second Daniel’s comment. Dr. Izhikevich started Scholarpedia few years ago. Scholarpedia is currerntly supported by Brain corporation, and has nothing to do with Wikimedia.

  3. The new title is definitely better, though my initial comment looks a bit odd now. And yes, I also think it is an awesome project and, judging from the traffic that it gets, currently undervalued as a resource.

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