In the next two to three years Russia will produce a multi-volume historical encyclopedia in electronic form, which can replace a makeshift, an online resource Wikipedia. The advantage of the new resource will be the accuracy of the facts.
The Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation is working on the edition of the Great historical encyclopedia, a digital version which will be published in the global network. About it during a speech in the Federation Council has informed the head of Department, Chairman of the Russian military historical society (RVIA) Vladimir Medinsky.
The Minister of culture said that the new project should be a reliable alternative to Wikipedia. Medinsky said in Wikipedia “his version of events can literally fit whosoever will”, and “scientific criticism is presented not as a principle.”
“We have launched a new project, it is a Great historical encyclopedia. Now historical knowledge drawn from Wikipedia. What they write, not for me to tell you.
Great historical encyclopedia will be done in the next 2-3 years, there will be 20 volumes. She developed scientists headed by academician Chubaryan. The last time she was published under Khrushchev. Immediately she will have a digital version with all the links”, — said the Minister. He noted that this will be a “full-fledged Russian historical Wikipedia”.
According to the news Agency TASS, the creation of the encyclopedia is made without attraction of budgetary funds. “We were able to accumulate resources and interests of scholars and history buffs”, — commented on the progress of work on the project Medinsky.
Note that as of may 2015 Russian language section of Wikipedia had more than 1.2 million articles, among the ten sections of most statistical indicators.