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Feb. 1, 2008
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EMU event focuses on "Democracy in Our Wiki-World" features keynote by co-founder of Wikipedia, Feb. 7

YPSILANTI — Larry Sanger, co-founder and chief organizer of Wikipedia, will be the keynote speaker at one-day symposium at Eastern Michigan University focusing on democracy and online communities such as Wikipedia.

Sanger will speak Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at the Ballroom A in the Student Center. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 487.4344.

Sanger’s presentation is entitled, “Citizendium: A New Vision for Online Knowledge Communities.” There will be a response from 2008 McAndless Scholar Marshall Poe.

The Citizendium project is another free wiki encyclopedia project, which aims to address various perceived flaws in the Wikipedia system. The main differences are no anonymous editing; a role for editors in a strongly collaborative system; and a more mature governance framework. Sanger, who earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State, will explain the new project and why it is needed.

The event is part of the EMU College of Arts and Sciences’ lecture series, “Wikipedia: The Democratization of Knowledge or the Triumph of Amateurs?”

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