Welcome to WebShare

All of us at Encyclopaedia Britannica are very pleased to introduce WebShare, a new initiative that lets web publishers and bloggers link to Britannica articles. Your readers will be able to follow those links without an account.

This site is dedicated to the WebShare initiative and includes a variety of tools and guides to help you make the most out of WebShare. To start with, read through the FAQs (they’re short). This will tell you exactly how the program works and what you have to do to get started. Then complete the registration form for your free account. It’s not an instant process, I’m afraid, but you’ll get your userid and password in a day or two.

We also have a lot of resources for you here on this site. There’s this blog, for instance, where we’ll keep you up to date on the program, how people are using it, tools, and resources. We’ll be producing screencasts to show you how to use the various tools; we already have one on the Assets page to show you how to insert a link to a Britannica article into a web page or blog post, just in case you’re new to web publishing.

We’re particularly excited about two features of this site. “Topic Clusters” are collections of links to material from throughout Brittanica.com related to news and current events. We’ll add these regularly. And we have a Twitter feed. If you are a Twitter user, you can choose to follow Britannica — our id is EBWebShare. We’ll send out a tweet a day with a link to something we think you’ll enjoy. We’ll also tweet to inform you of new blog posts here at Britannicanet.com.

25 Responses to “Welcome to WebShare”

  1. Siddharth Says:

    thx for this feature :)

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Takes Steps To Attract Bloggers | WildBlueSkies - Trends and strategies in Digital Media Says:

    [...] to link to their content, the Encyclopaedia Britannia has come out with web based initiatives – Webshare allows web publishers and bloggers link to Britannica articles, with their readers able to follow [...]

  3. Iqbal Latif Says:

    This is great news for regular contributors on global issues. If our contributions have to gain some significance most of it has to be backed by authentic sources, on line services to be made available free of charge will help Encyclopaedia Britannia to mushroom. Open architecture on information sharing will do wonders for Encyclopaedia Britannia. New frontiers of knowledge now require that global participation is ensured, with new prosperity rising globally, higher hits would translate into higher ad revenues. Going back 20 years perhaps it would little wild but appropriate to compare that Encyclopaedia Britannia although belatedly but rightly is following the path of Microsoft instead of IBM. Encyclopaedia Britannia will do well.

  4. Technology Watch Says:

    This is a fantastic initiative! Hope it takes off.

  5. Miltski Says:

    Excellent idea,
    I look forward to getting involved,
    Thanks

    Miltski

  6. Don Farrago Says:

    Thanks for making this great knowledge basis accessible to a broader public! It will surely inure to the benefit of both EB and blog readers all over the world who are looking for or depending on reliable and valuable information.
    Best regards from Germany,
    Don Farrago

  7. Don Wood Says:

    Wow! This would be great!

    What a wonderful way to get back at Wikipedia!!!

    Thanks,

    Don

  8. Freiheitsfreund Says:

    Encyclopædia Britannica for free for bloggers…

    Diesen Beitrag gibt es leider nicht auf deutsch. Klicken Sie bitte auf “english” in der linken Seitenleiste, um ihn auf englisch zu lesen.
    ……

  9. Abhishek Says:

    Its a great effort to spread the vast knowledgebase that Britanica has. I’m looking forward to join the league.

  10. Neeka Says:

    The idea of instant linking to multiple resources specific to an inquiry is an evolutionary webstep. Glad to see Encyclopaedia Britannica is on the cutting edge of that evolution. Slogging through link after link in archaic search engines will hopefully and eventually become a thing of the past.

    M

  11. Jrome Says:

    This is a very important step to take, and I have to admit, very well taken! Showing up on Techmeme and Kottke… this is a nice launch.

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  14. Freiheitsfreund Says:

    The free Encyclopædia Britannica works…

    Diesen Beitrag gibt es leider nicht auf deutsch. Klicken Sie bitte auf “english” in der linken Seitenleiste, um ihn auf englisch zu lesen.
    ……

  15. News » The Encyclopaedia Britannica is opening up their encyclopedia to "web… Says:

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  16. D.I.A Free News Online 2008 » Kottke: The Encyclopaedia Britannica is opening up their encyclopedia to "web… Says:

    [...] The Encyclopaedia Britannica is opening up their encyclopedia to “web publishers, including bloggers, webmasters, and anyone who writes for the Internet”. Even better: when you link to something, your readers get that article for free as well. Here’s the announcement. [...]

  17. sutton Says:

    Umm.. how about putting a link somewhere on this page for people to follow if they want to start the process?

  18. Tom Says:

    sutton,

    From the blog’s home page, just click on the Registration button in the right-hand column and fill out the form.

  19. L’Encyclopaedia Britannica s’obre als blocs « Bloc de Lletres Says:

    [...] A més a més, podeu oferir com nosaltres, el contingut dels articles que hi enllaceu pels vostres lectors. Llegiu els detalls de l’anunci d’aquesta iniciativa a Britannica Webshare. [...]

  20. Links - 24th April 2008 « Curiously Persistent Says:

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  21. Kate Says:

    Fantastic idea! Just registered and look forward to using it. Dance teachers don’t get much for nothing … lol.

  22. Tom Says:

    Thank you all for the kind words. Tom Panelas (at Britannica)

  23. AD Says:

    Cool!

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