Internet encyclopedia


August 13, 2022

Internet encyclopedia - a compendium of human knowledge recorded and made available on the Internet. It was decided to create the first online encyclopedia in 1991. At that time, the online version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was prepared.

The first Internet encyclopedias

Most likely, the first free encyclopedia written by volunteers was launched in 1991. It was initiated by readers of the usenet group who started a project to create a real version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a fictional encyclopedia used in the works of Douglas Adams. The project became known as Project Galactic Guide. Initially, it was supposed to contain only real and factual articles, this rule has been changed so that it is possible to create articles on unimaginable and unreal topics. The Project Galactic Guide contains approximately 1,700 articles. This number of articles has not been increased since 2000. Probably an indirect cause of this stagnation was the premise of h2g2, a more official project with similar principles. A key branch of digitization of the public domain was the digitization of old encyclopedias. In January 1995, Project Gutenberg was launched to publish the text of the eleventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), but a dispute over methods stopped work on the first volume. Due to trademarks, this encyclopedia is published as the Gutenberg Encyclopedia. In 2002, the text of all 28 volumes was published by another source on a site called Classic encyclopedia. Project Gutenberg has restarted work on digitizing this encyclopedia, but as of June 2005 it has still not been released. At the time, before rivals such as Encarta, the last Britannica was rewritten by their publishers and released as the first encyclopedia on CD and then made available on the Internet. Perhaps the most important successful encyclopedia digitization process was the Bartleby Project, based on the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2000, which was released on that project's website in the early 2000s and is periodically updated.

Selected Internet Encyclopedias


Polish Wikipedia - the Polish-language Wikipedia was established on September 26, 2001. WikiZagłębie - a regional encyclopedia devoted to Zagłębie Dąbrowskie, established on June 26, 2011. Encyclopedia of the Silesian Voivodeship - established on October 26, 2013.

Foreign language

Bulbapedia - A Pokémon encyclopedia, created by users of the Pokémon fan site, Bulbagarden. Consumerium - a project aimed at describing products available for sale and increasing the role of the consumer on the market. EcuRed - Cuban online encyclopedia, presenting the reality from the perspective of the Cuban revolution Enciclopedia Libre - a project to create a Spanish encyclopedia using wiki software, published under the GFDL license. Ekşi Sözlük - an older Turkish project in assumptions similar to h2g2. Ekopedia is a project of a practical encyclopedia about alternative ways of life. Everything2 has a wider range of articles and is not just focused on creating an encyclopedia. Its content is not available under any copyleft license. EvoWiki is a Wiki about Evolution and Origins. It focuses on evolutionary education, partly appealing to creationism and Intelligent Design from a scientific perspective. Inspired by sites like and, a wiki that aims to complement rather than duplicate these resources. " h2g2 is a collection of humorous encyclopedic articles, based on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Articles are not available under a copyleft license. NeoDex it