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Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That’s Sort Of The Point

Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That’s Sort Of The Point

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/03/27/295262783/printing-wikipedia-would-take-1-million-pages-but-thats-sort-of-the-point

“A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That’s right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive project is an understatement.

One thousand volumes, 1,200 pages each — more than one million pages in all — about 80 meters of shelf space. That’s what it would take to make a printed version of Wikipedia. The idea is to let people see just how much information is in the online encyclopedia, says Christoph Kepper and his partners at Pediapress.

“Nowadays you just use Wikipedia every day without even thinking how large that might be … the English Wikipedia has 4.5 million articles,” Kepper says. “Nobody can imagine this number. It’s only when you see this in print or in a physical form that you realize how large it really is.”

Kepper and his partners are trying raise $50,000 through an Indiegogo campaign. Their plan is to exhibit the book at a Wikimania conference in London in August. “We basically thought, OK, let’s put up a big bookshelf and put the books into it and let as many people as possible access this shelf and interact with it and get a feeling of about how large it is for themselves,” Kepper explains.”

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Stephen

Posted on: May 22, 2014, 6:42 am Category: Uncategorized

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