Wikipedia closes in protest, the best alternatives

The Italian editors of the free encyclopedia have decided to protest against the new European law on copyright by blocking access to content

If you happened to access Wikipedia this morning, you may have suffered a half shock. All the pages of the Italian edition of the free encyclopedia are in fact inaccessible: this is, as you can read in the post that you will be "forced" to view, a form of protest against the new European law on copyright that should be discussed in Parliament in the coming days.

The Italian editors of Wikipedia, who have received the support of Jimmy Wales, creator and creator of the online encyclopedia, argue that the new copyright law will eventually restrict the freedoms of each of us, jeopardizing the very survival of Wikipedia. For this reason, users are invited to contact their Europarliamentarians of reference, asking them to oppose the approval of the law.

This does not mean, of course, that we will have to give up doing research on topics of all kinds, as we are used to do. Even if Wikipedia closes in protest, in fact, there are many valid alternatives to the free encyclopedia that will allow us to satisfy our desire for knowledge.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Online version of the most famous paper encyclopedia, from the Encyclopedia Britannica website it will be possible to consult all the headwords and access sections and content made specifically for the web. The level of accuracy and reliability, of course, is very high and browsing through the various sections you can discover trivia, quizzes and whatever else is necessary to tickle your hunger for knowledge. The only flaw, if you want to say so, is the language: it's only available in English.


From the Treccani Institute portal you can access more than 1 million words and vocabulary of the dictionary of the Italian language edited by linguists and experts of the historic Italian cultural institute. Of course, it cannot be compared to the encyclopedia of the same name, but it can be of great help not only to know the meaning of terms unknown to us, but also to discover their origin and etymology.


If we want, a little bit the opposite of Wikipedia. Although freely accessible and searchable online, Scholarpedia is written only by authoritative scholars and university professors (scholar, in English), while the headwords are published only after being examined by special committees. In short, like a scientific journal, but freely accessible on the Net.