EcuRed

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EcuRed
Official site logo
Type of site
Encyclopedia
Available in Spanish
Created by Shared authorship[1]
Slogan(s) Conocimiento con todos y para todos
(English: Knowledge with everyone and for everyone)
Website www.ecured.cu
Alexa rank Decrease 19,798[2]
Commercial No[1]
Registration Optional (required to edit pages)
Launched August 2009 (Test phase)
14 December 2010 (Official launch)[3]
Current status Active
Content license
CC BY-NC-SA[1]
Written in MediaWiki

EcuRed is a Cuban online encyclopedia built on MediaWiki software.[4] Launched on 13 December 2010,[4] the site hosts over 150,000 reference articles, biographies and academic works.[4]

Overview[edit]

EcuRed as a Cuban encyclopedia originated from the need to provide universal knowledge within the .cu Internet domain and make it accessible to the vast majority of Cubans, especially after in 2015 the Cuban government created 35 Wi Fi zones in the main cities of the country, and lowered the prices for the Nauta Service (provided by ETECSA, the public company for telecommunications).

The content is entwined with the Cuban Revolution[5] and is written from a Cuban perspective.[6] For example, EcuRed's article about United States said it had historically taken "by force territory and natural resources from other nations, to put at the service of its businesses and monopolies",[7] and the George W. Bush article says that he continues with a family tradition of corruption, government deceit and intrigue.[4] The name is an acronym from the Spanish phrase Enciclopedia Cubana en la Red ("Cuban Encyclopedia online").[8]

EcuRed states on its webpage that its goal "is the accumulation and development of knowledge with a non-profit, pro-democracy aim from a decolonizing point of view".[9]

Anyone with an email can register on the encyclopedia regardless of country of origin, but unlike some wikis, not all of EcuRed's articles may be modified by the public. Pages can be "protected" for multiple reasons, including "to protect modifications of articles considered very valuable, with a high [degree of] consensus, or with an elevated repercussion".[10]

The site is available to all Internet users in Cuba, which is estimated at 1.6 million out of a total population of 11.2 million.[9]

The site is operated by Cuba's Youth Computer Club, a company of the Ministry of Communications of Cuba.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (in Spanish) Politicas page on EcuRed.
  2. ^ "ecured.cu Site Overview". Alexa. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Artículo de EcuRed en la Enciclopedia Colaborativa Cubana
  4. ^ a b c d "Nace la Wikipedia cubana". La República (in Spanish). Lima, Peru. 13 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nace la 'Wikipedia cubana'". El País (in Spanish). 14 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cuba to launch Ecured, a Wikipedia-like database". Pravda.ru. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cuba launches Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia". Reuters. 13 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "EcuRed". EcuRed (in Spanish). 4 November 2015. Archived from the original on 22 February 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Cuba launches its own online encyclopedia". CNN. 14 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Rich Potter (30 December 2010). "Cuba's Ecured: a socialist Wikipedia?". Transd[e]uce. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 

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