China aims to rival Wikipedia by developing its own online encyclopedia

China aims to rival Wikipedia by developing its own online encyclopedia

Asian giants, China is aiming to rival Wikipedia by developing its own rival online encyclopedia.

To this end, Beijing is taking on more than 20,000 academics from universities and research institutes for the ambitious project which is set to go online in 2018.

The move, according to Yang Muzhi, editor-in-chief of the project, was made because China was under international pressure and felt an urgent need to produce its own encylopaedia to “guide and lead the public and society,” reports the South China Morning Post.

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The move came to light after Yang addressed a group of senior scientists at a meeting at the headquarters of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing in April. Details of the meeting was posted on the academy’s website.

Access to Wikipedia is partially banned on the Chinese mainland. Entries, mostly on science and technology are easily accessible. But sensitive keyword searches such as Dalai Lama and Xi Jinping, the country’s leader, “will result in the connection to the server being lost”, said the SCMP, which is based in Hong Kong where there are no internet restrictions.



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