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NCPTT is sponsoring development of Preservapedia, a wiki-style encyclopedia for preservation professionals. So far interns and staff have generated over 300 articles on topics ranging from linoleum to landscapes. Among many exciting facets of this project, Preservapedia provides a forum where preservationists can share practical experience and exchange information about the effectiveness of treatments. It also aims to serve as a reference database of historic manufacturers, case law, and preservation organizations.

Preservapedia is based on the same “wiki” principle that drives the popular Wikipedia and its sister projects: the information is free and anyone can add or edit articles. However, it differs from these general audience resources in that its content is specifically intended for professionals working in the cultural resource management industry. So while a Wikipedia article on the Statue of Liberty might focus on the history and cultural significance of the monument, a Preservapedia article would contain technical information about the physical conservation of the statue and the various historic and cultural designations that protect it.

Preservapedia is currently seeking editors to help add, edit, or expand articles. To get started, just click through the tutorial and be bold!

Questions? Contact Ed FitzGerald, Preservapedian-in-Chief at

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2 Responses to Preservapedia: Preservation Wiki

  1. Bill Kibbel says:

    After scanning about a dozen entries, I think Preservapedia should be taken down until all the garbage, folklore and inaccuracies are removed and corrected. I’m concerned that people visiting will actually believe the information is from credible sources.

  2. Bill,
    Yes, there are some poor articles in Preservapedia, but there are also some good ones. The wiki concept relies on its users–people like you–to patrol the site and clean up the junk. If we took the site off line, it would never improve. If you are truly concerned about people being mislead by the material in a particular article, please click the “edit” tab and help fix the problem.

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