Jordanian entrepreneurs launch ‘Wikipedia’-style portal for Arabic content
Mawdoo3.com designed to facilitate ‘explosion’ in ‘quantity, quality’ for Arab content
A team of Jordanian entrepreneurs has announced the launch of Mawdoo3.com, a tool that studies Arabic Web content and collates it into an Arabic-language "Wikipedia-like" archive.
"Set to quickly expand Arabic content online by over 100,000 articles, while using safeguards to ensure quality, the project is set to be a true technological and social breakthrough," the Mawdoo3 (Mawdoo translates to "subject" in English) team said in a statement, claiming "high anticipation" regarding the project.
"Our objective is to provide the Arabic reader with high-quality articles, dealing with all aspects of different types of human knowledge, and providing the needed information in a simplified and sound manner."
Mawdoo3's spokespeople confirmed that the encyclopaedia is based on the Wikipedia model, where articles are open to edit by users. Wikipedia has faced criticism for this approach as detractors have accused its openness of leading to an information portal rife with inaccuracies. But Mawdoo3 insists the user-contributor system "contributes in raising article quality and confirming the validity of given information... all serving to increase readers' confidence in the encyclopaedia's content".
Mawdoo3's creators claim they have signed up a number of "expert companies and foundations in various fields", including the Jordanian Industrial State Corporation, the Islamic World Academy for Science and Queen Rania Centre for Entrepreneurship. The team is also working with universities and educational institutions on content.
"We believe it is essential to draw attention to the development of Arabic digital content as a social responsibility, shared by individuals working together with private- and public-sector companies and educational institutions," Mawdoo3's statement read. "Our project is going to help facilitate that, through our innovative technology and our team's dedication to working with our supporters."