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January 02, 2008


Hey, Richard --

I'm of the opinion that Wikipedia and Knols can live side-by-side. As best as can be determined from the scant information coming out about Knols, Wikipedia would have to seriously change not only its approach to writing/editing (since Knol entries would have named authors) but also build up a whole suite of social networking tools that would appear to be coming in the Knols project. On the other hand, the community knowledge, neutral tone aspect of Wikipedia is not one likely to be replicated in Knols.

Since I'm not deeply involved in either project, I think it will be very interesting to watch the evolution of each service from the sidelines and perhaps making intellectual contributions to each to see the different ways they are morphed and used.

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