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Wikitravel:Cooperating with Citizendium

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Citizendium is a wiki-based encyclopedia project started in 2007 to build a "better" alternative to Wikipedia.


Although we use the same software, share many ideals, use similar collaborative processes, and may have contributors in common, there is no formal relationship between Citizendium and Wikitravel.

Sharing content

Citizendium and Wikitravel use incompatible licensing schemes. Citizendium uses the GNU Free Documentation License ("GFDL"), while Wikitravel uses the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 ("by-sa") license (see Why Wikitravel isn't GFDL for more details). Because the GFDL and by-sa aren't compatible, it's not possible to copy content, in most cases, between articles on Citizendium and articles on Wikitravel.

There are some ways to do it, though. If you are the sole creator of content on Citizendium, you can move it to Wikitravel; simply note on the talk page that you're relicensing it under Wikitravel's Creative Commons license. Moving content worked on by other people requires getting their permission first; since both projects share the copyleft spirit, this shouldn't be difficult. The process is the same for moving material from Wikitravel to Citizendium.

However, think carefully before doing this, and discuss it with others. Citizendium and Wikitravel have distinct goals, and forking large amounts of content from one project to the other creates wasteful duplication. In most cases, linking from one to the other would be a better choice.


Linking to Citizendium allows people to access encyclopedic information that doesn't fit into the framework of a travel guide. For example, the entry on the United Kingdom should have a thumbnail sketch of the country's history, but detailed information on Henry VIII is inappropriate. A link to Citizendium's UK article would allow readers to find non-travel related information about their destination of choice, without stretching Wikitravel beyond recognition into an "everything you need to know about everything" guide.

If there's a page on Citizendium that covers the exact same subject as a page on Wikitravel, but from an encyclopedic rather than travel guide point of view, consider making a twin link to the page. And if you link to Citizendium, it's also nice to link back to Wikitravel as well. See links to and from Citizendium for how to do this. You can also just add regular links to Citizendium in the text of a Wikitravel article, using Wiki markup. If making a choice between linking to Wikipedia and linking to Citizendium, link to the better article, not the overall project you personally prefer.

However, don't use links as an excuse to be lazy. Wikitravel entries should be useful and self-contained; links should provide additional information. Writing "Everything you need to know about Belize is here, except that there's a good pancake place in Belmopan" is not helpful.

See also

List of related projects