Q: Do you think these flexible reference tools will overtake fixed sources of information?
A: Definitely. But I think it’s going to vary across different domains. For example, an open Wiki-editing model, in my opinion, cannot replace peer-reviewed scientific research. If it’s really open you don’t have the necessary quality control from experts.
An online catalogue of all known life on Earth now has half a million species in its freely available database.
The database is the Catalogue of Life Programme.
For each known species, the catalogue lists its different names, along with details of where it is found, the names of relevant experts, and links to other online resources.
Now that is the mother of all authority control problems.