Larry Sanger

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Larry Sanger
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Sanger in July 2006
Lawrence Mark Sanger

(1968-07-16) July 16, 1968 (age 51)
ResidenceColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
EducationReed College (BA)
Ohio State University (MA, PhD)
OccupationInternet project developer
Known forCo-founding Wikipedia

Lawrence Mark Sanger (born July 16, 1968) is an American internet project developer. He worked with Jimmy Wales to create the internet encyclopedias, Nupedia and Wikipedia before he created his own online encyclopedias Digital Universe and Citizendium.

Wales, through his company Bomis, paid Sanger to help them to maintain Nupedia.

On January 2, 2001, Ben Kovitz, Sanger's friend, had the idea to use a wiki to help to make Nupedia better. Sanger in turn told Wales, and on January 10, 2001, Wikipedia was launched. There are different opinions on which of the three people are most responsible for Wikipedia.

In 2005, Sanger created Digital Universe, an online encyclopedia like Wikipedia.

In 2006, Sanger created Citizendium, another online encyclopedia. Citizendium uses the MediaWiki engine (like Wikipedia) but the rules are different. People must use their given names on Citizendium and experts are given special status in approving articles.

In December 2017, Everipedia stated that Larry Sanger joined the site.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rubin, Peter (6 December 2017). "The Wikipedia Competitor That's Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy". Wired.