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History[edit | edit source]
The idea to build a free encyclopedia using the Internet can be traced at least to the 1993 Interpedia proposal; it was planned as an encyclopedia on the Internet to which everyone could contribute materials. The project never left the planning stage and was overtaken by a key branch of old printed encyclopedias.
Digitization of old content[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia is the largest online encyclopedia that's got nearly 60 000 articles, but the English Wikipedia's got only 6 296 662 articles and it's the largest of 321 Wikipedia language editions. There're a lot of old encyclopedias and dictionaries of national biographies on Wikisource both in English and other languages. The completion of these encyclopedias vary and the quality of the content varies from proofread, to poor quality text with many optical character recognition (OCR) errors.