Almost two years ago I wrote a post about the competition between Britannica and Wikipedia, "asking" the executives at the oldest encyclopedia in the world, to leave the "expert" way of thinking about their product and move more closely to the needs of the users and today I am happy to discover that this is already happening.
Few days ago, Britannica announced that users will participate in the creation of the encyclopedia and that "readers and users will also be invited into an online community where they can work and publish at Britannica’s site under their own names."
The articles written by users will be fact-checked by experts and if they’re found to have merit will be published and properly credited to original authors.
It will be interesting for me how Britannica plans to balance the conflict of interests that sometimes arises from different expert views on particular subjects.
For more details, go to the announcement on Britannica's WebShare blog.