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Interpedia was one of the first-proposed Internet encyclopedias which would allow anyone to contribute by writing articles and submitting them to the central catalogue of all Interpedia pages


  • 1 History
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 Further reading
  • 5 External links


Interpedia was initiated by Rick Gates, who posted a message titled "The Internet Encyclopedia" on October 25, 1993 to the PACS-L Public-Access Computer Systems Forum Listserv That message included the following musings:

The more I thought about this, the more I realized that such a resource, containing general, encyclopedic knowledge for the layman, would be an important tool for some types of research, and for the NetCitizenry in general Ahh but what about contributors where will you find authors to write the short articles you need Well, I'd first have to start out by finding some way of communicating with an extremely diverse set of people everyone from linguists, to molecular biologists, from animal rights activists to zymurgists, and from geographers to gas chromotographers Guess what :- The Net provides just such an arena! So I thought about it some more and came to the conclusion that this is a good idea!

The term Interpedia was coined by R L Samuell, a participant in early discussions on the topic

In November, 1993, discussions moved to a dedicated mailing list, supplemented later by Usenet newsgroup compinfosystemsinterpedia

There was some disagreement about whether all pages should be in HTML, plain text, or whether all formats should be allowed eg, as with Gopher Another point of discussion was whether outside Internet resources not specifically written for the Interpedia could become part of it by simply including them in the catalog

Furthermore, several independent "Seal-of-approval" SOAP agencies were envisioned which would rate Interpedia articles based on criteria of their own choosing; users could then decide which agencies' recommendations to follow

The project was actively discussed for around half a year, but in the end never left the planning stages and finally died, perhaps partly due to the unprecedented growth of the World Wide Web

See also

  • Online encyclopedia
  • List of online encyclopedias


  1. ^ PACS-L Listserv message "The Internet Encyclopedia", Oct 25, 1993
  2. ^ PACS-L Listserv message "Internet Encyclopedia Interpedia group project and mailing list", Nov 17, 1993
  3. ^ RFD: compinfosystemsinterpedia at the Wayback Machine archived November 6, 2001
  4. ^ Interpedia FAQ February 1994
  5. ^ Interpedia FAQ 15-MAR-94, section 42: "What are Seals of Approval SOAP"
  6. ^ Joseph Reagle: Wikipedia's heritage: vision, pragmatics, and happenstance — section 32, Interpedia

Further reading

  • Reagle, Joseph Michael 2010 "Interpedia" Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press pp 32–34 ISBN 978-0-262-01447-2 

External links

  • Interpedia's disclaimer by John Hunt

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