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The Encyclopedia as a Process of Civic Engagement
The Public Historian
Vol. 35, No. 2 (May 2013), pp. 14-23
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/tph.2013.35.2.14
Page Count: 10
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Revolutions in knowledge, authority, and technology are creating opportunities to reconceive encyclopedias as vehicles for building shared community information. This essay describes how The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia strived to build from a foundation of civic engagement to create a reference tool that provides reliable, accessible information about a region while also building community by raising awareness of shared patterns of history and experience.
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