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Lawrence Mark Sanger (born July 16, 1968) is an American internet project developer. He worked with Jimmy Wales to create the internet encyclopedias, Nupedia and Wikipedia before he created his own online encyclopedias Digital Universe and Citizendium.
Sanger in July 2006
Lawrence Mark Sanger
July 16, 1968
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
|Education||Reed College (BA)|
Ohio State University (MA, PhD)
|Occupation||Internet project developer|
|Known for||Co-founding Wikipedia|
Wales, through his company Bomis, paid Sanger to help them to maintain Nupedia.
On January 2, 2001, Ben Kovitz, Sanger's friend, had the idea to use a wiki to help to make Nupedia better. Sanger in turn told Wales, and on January 15, 2001, Wikipedia was launched. There are different opinions on which of the three people are most responsible for Wikipedia.
In 2005, Sanger created Digital Universe, an online encyclopedia like Wikipedia.
In 2006, Sanger created Citizendium, another online encyclopedia. Citizendium uses the MediaWiki engine (like Wikipedia) but the rules are different. People must use their given names on Citizendium and experts are given special status in approving articles.
- May 24, CBS News; 2020; Am, 9:47. "The rise of Wikipedia as a source of medical information". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2020-06-11.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
- Rubin, Peter (6 December 2017). "The Wikipedia Competitor That's Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy". Wired.
- Sanger, Larry. "Introducing the Encyclosphere". Larry Sanger Blog. Larry Sanger. Archived from the original on October 20, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
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