Knol

Various authors, Jul 27, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Knol site has launched. What I don't like about it is the way it resembles a keyword sales site. What, for example, makes Pedro Ramirez the world expert on Ovarian Cancer? Nothing - except that Google says he is. So who are the experts in our field, according to Google? Lorenzo Cantoni has eLearning. OK, nothing against Lorenzo Cantoni, who I don't know at all. But in my browsing of the articles, what I observe is that having an article is perceived to be of enormous bemnefit to the the author, which means there is a land rush of people trying to insert advertising content disgised as academic content. Look at the search results for 'learn', for example. How to read the Russian Alphabet in 75 Minutes? Medical Malpractice - 10 Reasons Why Most Victims Won't Recover a Dime? Benefit From Your Anger and Frustration? Ridiculous. Terrible. Via EduResources.
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