But it also has one big weakness: Because anybody can edit or write practically anything, it’s difficult to have absolute confidence that all its contents are accurate.
Knol, a new project from Google, aims to collect information on every topic under the sunfrom experts, not anonymous editors. Google refrains from editing knols (units of knowledge), but other users can submit comments and reviews. Think of it as a more moderated version of Wikipedia’s Wild West.
The site debuted (as Wired reported) with articles mainly on medical conditions. I’m curious to see how long it takes Knol to amass an amount of articles to compete with Wikipedia. Knol’s articles on genealogy currently are pretty limited. Any volunteers?