Knol: Google’s wikipedia

Google recently released Knol, an online encyclopaedia similar to Wikipedia. Just like Wikipedia, anyone can create a ‘knol’, but any changes made need to be approved by the knol’s creator. Another difference is that author names are more prominently identified. Here’s what the Knol website has to say about this new project:

“The Knol project is a site that hosts many knols — units of knowledge — written about various subjects. The authors of the knols can take credit for their writing, provide credentials, and elicit peer reviews and comments. Users can provide feedback, comments, and related information. So the Knol project is a platform for sharing information, with multiple cues that help you evaluate the quality and veracity of information.

“Knols are indexed by the big search engines, of course. And well-written knols become popular the same as regular web pages. The Knol site allows anyone to write and manage knols through a browser on any computer.”

Have you created a knol? Leave us a comment and let us know. Another wikipedia-esque site in the pipelines is Medpedia. Medpedia is a collaborative project which is collecting “the best information about health, medicine and the body and make it freely available worldwide.” Medpedia is due to be launched at the end of 2008. In the mean time, you can read more about Medpedia on their website.