Internet giant Google has come up with new online encyclopaedia to counter Wikipedia. Users will be allowed to write articles on their own areas of expertise on the new free service called ‘Knol’, which stands for unit of knowledge. Google hopes that internet users will contribute to articles on wide range of topics, from gardening and pottery to Byzan-tine art and neo-classical literature.
Google insists that its new service differs from Wikipedia in many respects. The search engine pioneer says that, unlike Wikipedia that allows visitors to edit its pages, people will not be able to make changes or contribute to a person’s knol without their permission.
Knol web pages will also features pictures of their authors, sources said. Knol writers will also be able to make money from the service if they allow advertisements relating to their articles to appear on their pages. The new service is part of Google’s plans to expand its operations beyond its search engine facility.