China strategies to roll out its self online encyclopedia in 2018, hopeful to develop a “cultural Great Wall” that can be a tough competition to Wikipedia as a go-to data source for Internet users in China who are being tainted by oversea pressures.
China is stressed to write its self encyclopedia so it can direct public thinking, as per a statement by Yang Muzhi, the executive editor of the project, released previous month on the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ website.
He formerly scheduled Wikipedia, which is accessible in China, and Britain’s Encyclopedia Britannica as possible competitors and claimed that the project targets to go beyond them, as per an article he published late in 2016.
The mission, which will be below the leadership of the China Publishing Group owned by the state, “ought to have Chinese characters,” he wrote, adding it might be a “sign of the technological and cultural development of the country” and elevate its international influence and soft-power.
Dissimilar to Wikipedia, which are developed and designed by volunteers and are in a continuously in the state of revision, the new project, which was accepted way back in 2011, will be completely designed and developed by experts.
Up to now, more than 20,000 academics and scholars have been selected to assemble the project, which targets to have over 300,000 entries by its launch in 2018. The new encyclopedias will be based on an earlier version that was published and printed in form of a book in 1993. A next edition, which can be allowed through a particular terminal, was rolled out in 2009. The latest variant will be introduced online sooner than being published in a printed version.
China has more than 700 Million active users that employs on internet but a report published in 2015 by the U.S. think tank Freedom House discovered that the nation had the most restraining policies for online use than 65 nations it studied, ranking underneath Syria and Iran.
It has preserved that its different types of web censorship, together popular as “The Great Firewall”, are required for guarding its state security.