SOS Children have released a free encyclopaedia (with 8000 imagesand 4000 pages worth of text) made up of articles cleaned up andselected from Wikipedia, and aimed at improving awareness of the worldaround us amongst 8-15 year olds. They include articles of particularinterest to children (dinosaurs, space travel, the Solar System, plantsand animals) and a wide variety of other scientific and geographicaltopics. The 2006 articles have been hand-picked from Wikipedia, tidiedup (by deletion only, not alteration), checked for plausibility andsuitability (by volunteers, whom we gratefully acknowledge) and puttogether in a form suitable for publication on a CD. We judge thecontent to be child friendly and allows a “surfing” experience withmany cross-linked articles within a safe offline environment. Theencyclopaedia can be dowloaded as a zip file together with a copy ofthe SOS Children UK website with some details of our work in 125countries.
We believe the overall quality of the articles wehave selected is very good. We have left some minor typos and otherpossible minor errors where on balance the content was worthy ofinclusion nonetheless. The articles have been chosen (out of around800,000 on the www.wikipedia.org website) for quality, suitability andinterest to children between the ages of about 8-15, and are intendedto help children become more aware of the world around them.