Larry Sanger is pioneering the first ever encyclopedia built on the blockchain, the Everipedia project. According to the official website, the Everipedia IQ blockchain will bring a new paradigm shift and ”disrupt the old centralized internet knowledge encyclopedia model similar to Wikipedia”.
Blockchain as a verification method
One of the biggest concerns with building a crowdsourced information platform is the accuracy of the sources. Larry shares his insights and thoughts on how he can leverage blockchain to ensure accuracy.
A combination of methods. First of all, Everipedia started out as a fork of Wikipedia and it remains a wiki. Wikis are essentially self-policing. It doesn’t mean they are perfect, mistakes do creep in. But I think they creep in in every source. I think that in the long run, as we move in the second phase of the everipedia network, we will have a rating system for all the encyclopedia articles in the world. This, in short, will create a global competition to represent the best of what we know on each topic. The best articles will have to be extremely well sourced and written in order to win the competition.
I think the main reason that people have not started a global rating system for content is that nobody really trusts google or any other single source to be responsible with such important data. If there is going to be any global system to rate content, in this case encyclopedia articles, the information has to be managed responsibly and there has to be a neutral internet protocol. The best way to guarantee that is to put it on a blockchain, then the rules that govern how the ratings work and how they are used and so forth are all transparent, creating a level playing field for everyone.
How can someone contribute?
Let’s say you’re an editor and would like to contribute to the platform.
You currently need three things in order to make your first contribution to Everipedia:
- An EOS account, which is the account used to securely track all of the EOS-related cryptocurrencies you own.
- For crypto-veterans: If you bought EOS tokens in an Ethereum address and registered your address before June 2, 2018, you already have an EOS account; insert your ETH public key
- For crypto-beginners: If you do not have an EOS account, you currently need to pay for a new EOS account. You can get started and generate a new EOS account using this link: https://eos-account-creator.com/
- IQ tokens, which you may have received (via airdrop) if you got an EOS Genesis account.
- Those who owned EOS and registered their ETH address before June 2, 2018 (i.e. EOS Genesis account holders) received IQ tokens in their accounts between July 11 and July 12, 2018.
- Those who did not receive IQ tokens can buy some on a cryptocurrency exchange . These are the list of exchanges on which we the IQ token is listed. https://everipedia.org/exchange-listings/
- A Scatter account, which is a desktop application that allows you to make secure transactions on Everipedia. This will allow you to securely create transactions and interact with the Everipedia from your EOS account.
If you have all three things together then you can submit your first contribution.
Educators are all into procedural knowledge and how to learn. If learning how to learn is supposed to be a valued thing worth teaching, it has to be because having learned things is actually valuable.
With a combination of blockchain and high-quality editors, this will be possible