beSpacific provides the heads up to the Google Blog announcement of the launch of Knol:

“Knols are authoritative articles about specific topics, written by people who know about those subjects. … The web contains vast amounts of information, but not everything worth knowing is on the web. An enormous amount of information resides in people’s heads: millions of people know useful things and billions more could benefit from that knowledge. Knol will encourage these people to contribute their knowledge online and make it accessible to everyone.

“The key principle behind Knol is authorship. Every knol will have an author (or group of authors) who put their name behind their content. It’s their knol, their voice, their opinion. We expect that there will be multiple knols on the same subject, and we think that is good.”

Hmmm. Smells like a non-wiki competitor to Wikipedia. A search for “law” found no articles — but Knol welcomes contributions. Here is your chance.

  • Also no “knols” on Wikipedia! There is a knol article on Wikipedia.

    Google’s VP of Engineering, Udi Manber’s statement that “A knol on a particular topic is meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read” has generated debate about whether Google search results can remain neutral because of a possible conflict of interest.

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