--- Ray Saintonge <saintonge(a)telus.net> wrote:
Wouldn't the number of articles of this type be a
factor? As long as
it's the only one it might as well stay where it is.
I plan to create one for every national park and national monument in the
United States. I then plan to create geology articles for every U.S. state and
add a lot of info to [[Geology of North America]]. This is all very appropriate
for Wikipedia, IMO. The merit of each article itself, not the fact of it having
many similar sister articles, is what should be looked at.
project is theoretically conceivable, but nothing can happen until
someone has actually conceived it and is willing to play a leading role
in its development.
If there is ever such a project it must not be an encyclopedia of geology since
our encyclopedia project is Wikipedia. It can contain the same information but
it should package it in a way that is very different than an encyclopedia.
Think of the difference between a geology textbook and a large collection of
geology artices that more or less cover the same content (of course such a
textbook would be hosted at Wikibooks). Each type of thing has a different
purpose and each a different audience with different needs. That is the type of
difference that should be the deciding factor about when to split; not the
A tabular/relational database is a different type of thing; it is not a book
and its entries are not encyclopedia articles. So it is perfectly valid to
create a separate project based on that platform. That is the role I would like
to see Wikimedia Commons perform. But alas we already have a fork of the
Commons called Wikispecies. Oh well - I lost that battle.
More people think they know about the world's
animals than about its geological structure. It may be necessary to
develop a Wikiatlas before a Wikigeology project.
Wikiatlas/Wikimaps is another type of project that would be fundamentally
different from encyclopedia articles (although an atlas could make a good
book). Hosting maps is one of the proposed functions of the Commons. In the
future, GIS data could be added so that maps could be created on-the-fly.
I'm taking a class in Internet GIS applications right now and I think it would
be neat to start fiddling with that sometime soon (late this semester at the
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