Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bibliodiversity - International Day - 21 September

Bibliodiversity refers to availability of number of titles on a topic so that somebody can create a bibliography for a topic of interest and learn diverse viewpoints, examples and explanations. It is being forcefully advocated by book publishers who want space for many independent small publishers. If only few large publishing houses are encouraged, commercial interests will prevail and truth and knowledge will get subordinated to commercial interests.

What is true for print world is true for online world also. While search engines encouraged large number of websites, some encyclopedic publications are promoting single source knowledge. They want to use the resources at their command to thwart competitors. They pride themselves on being the only surviving and prospering online academic knowledge source.

Internet participants and social media writers have to recognize the need for bibliodiversity and encourage more online academic knowledge platforms.

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