Digital Universe is a non-profit website (four years in the making) and aims to be the most comprehensive online research storehouse. Apart from being yet another online encyclopaedia site, Digital Universe seeks to improve on the ground broken by Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia that allows anyone to contribute and edit articles which incidentally boasts 1 million articles in English on everything from art deco to nuclear physics. However, Wikipedia’s open system has also led to the publication of fraudulent articles and critics have charged that authors sometimes have undisclosed conflicts of interest. To counter this, Digital Universe pays top academics to create authoritative maps, articles, and provides links to third-party content related to virtually any scholarly topic.

What does all this mean to you and me – the general public? More and more information which is both more reliable and free! Can’t really beat that now, can you??