|Founded||October 5, 2022Springtown, TX, US,|
|Type||501(c)(3), educational organization|
|Focus||Free, open-content, [[English]], wiki-based Internet projects|
|Christian Gribneau, CTO|
Justapedia is an open and freely accessible online encyclopedia that is being developed and maintained by volunteers through open collaboration and a wiki-based editing system; editors are referred to as Justapedians. It is the registered trademark of the Justapedia Foundation (JPF), a tax deductible section 501(c)(3) charitable organization for educational purposes. It was officially registered on October 5, 2022, and was founded by Betty Wills, an editor of Wikipedia. It attributes Wikipedia and its volunteer editors, some of whom are Justapedia's volunteers, for the freely licensed content under CC-BY-SA, where some of Justapedia's content originated. The same free licenses apply to Justapedia's revisions and new articles as noted in the page footer.
Justapedia was born of founder Betty Wills' desire to restore the spirit of neutrality and objectivity that Wikipedia had since lost, a spirit that initially attracted her to become a Wikipedia volunteer in 2011. A retired television producer and magazine publisher, Wills had a void to fill, and enjoyed sharing, editing, and helping others on Wikipedia as a tutor for new page patrol, the first line of defense in protecting Wikipedia from inadvertently publishing undesirable content. Wills considered her volunteer work to be a "project of love", which she stated in an interview with the NPR station WGBH (FM)–Boston during the 2019 WikiConference North America, hosted by MIT. Wills has expressed her views about politics with a polite measure of humor as evidenced in her measured responses when she was interviewed by Slate and Fast Company.
The Justapedia Foundation (JPF) is an educational, Sect 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing and operating an open source, neutral and objective encyclopedia that will remain free to the world in perpetuity. Foundation headquarters at the time of origin are located in north Texas. The Foundation's Board of Directors and Executive Committee includes:
- Betty Wills, founder, CEO/president
- Christian Gribneau, CTO/vice president
- Ryan Stiles, secretary/treasurer
- Laraine Katzev, Member at Large
The Foundation is dedicated to maintaining a friendly and welcoming community for its volunteers, and is looking forward to hosting fun educational activities, spirited debates and sponsorships and endowments with the help of tax deductible donations. The Foundation envisions Justapedia continuing its mission to maintain and protect the spirit of objectivity and neutrality in its encyclopedic content as volunteers continue to add to the building blocks of true knowledge in perpetuity.
Foundation's mission and goals
The Justapedia Foundation's mission is to host and operate Justapedia, a free and open-source encyclopedia, by providing the platform and tools to enable volunteers to easily edit, create and share their knowledge while maintaining compliance with Justapedia's fundamental principals, and its policies and guidelines.
Criticism can be a tool for necessitating improvements. Wikipedia has received more than its share of criticism relative to lacking objectivity, allegations of it being used as a weapon, and for having a strong political bias that is unacceptable for a neutral and objective encyclopedia. Mainstream media's criticism ranges from politics to social and medical sciences, including a range of topics such as global warming, COVID-19, historic events, and more. Wikipedia's failure to maintain objectivity and neutrality in contentious topic areas is evidenced by their own admission, and in their own own articles, including gender bias, systemic bias, political bias, and science. The Washington Post published the following criticism: "Groups that are underrepresented in academia tend to be missing at an even higher rate on Wikipedia. And there is growing evidence that Wikipedia articles have tangible effects, including the power to influence the contents of scientific papers. Wikipedia does not just passively reflect biases. It amplifies and reinforces them."
Justapedia's mission is to restore the spirit of neutrality and objectivity in the articles forked from Wikipedia, and to develop and maintain articles that:
- are created and edited by editors with a good command of the English language;
- comply with Justapedia’s Manual of Style (MOS), and are compliant with Justapedia's policies and guidelines (PAG), particularly its core content policies concerning biographies of living persons (BLP), neutral point of view (NPOV), no original research (NOR), verifiability (V) and adhere to Justapedia's 5 fundamental principles;
- are fact-based, verifiable, corroborated and properly cited to reliable sources (RS) that are objectively chosen in an effort to include all significant views;
- contain minimal opinions, corroborated statements of fact, and when opinion is included, it will be with properly cited sources using in-text attribution,
- do not include breaking news as there will be a 7-day moratorium before any breaking news can be included.
Justapedia is a work in progress that began in October 2022 with content originating from Wikipedia, all properly attributed in compliance with their free CC-BY-SA license. The same free license applies to revisions and new articles authored by Justapedia volunteers as noted in their page footer.
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