A Scotts Valley company called Digital Universe has launched what could be called the anti-Wikipedia.
The company is led by Joe Firmage, the guy who founded software company Serius (bought by Novell in 1990s) and co-founded USWeb, an early Internet consulting company. He is recruiting scientists to contribute, and has hired Larry Sanger, a Wikipedia co-founder, as chief strategist.
Jimmy Wales, of Wikipedia, responds: “I think it’s extremely unlikely they will be successful,” he said. “If they don’t put together an open system, they are going to have a really hard time getting participation. Their arrogant view of experts is going to turn off a lot of contributors.”