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Face facts: where Britannica ruled, Wikipedia has conquered

The Observer – “Wikipedia’s ability to respond instantly to developments is just one of the reasons it has transformed the world of reference works. Another is its sheer scale. I’ve just checked the main page and it is reporting that the English version currently has 2,822,233 articles. Yet another is its linguistic diversity – 875,000 articles in German, 774,000 in French, 568,000 in Chinese, 585,000 in Polish etc. There is no way a conventional, centrally edited, commercially financed operation could match this.”

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