Aug 06, 2009 (LBO) – Lankapedia, a newly launched Sri Lanka specific site styled on the popular Wikipedia portal, is setting the stage to make user generated content about the island more popular, officials said. “I think user generated content is the future,” says Rohan Samarajiva, head of LirneAsia, a regional think tank that has a strong focus on information technology.
“If you look at face book and what’s going on in the internet and mobiles today, huge amount of information is being generated by users.”
The founders of Lankapedia says they want make information about Sri Lanka easily to find and easy to access.
“There is an information paradox when it comes to Sri Lanka and the internet,” says Lankapedia co-founder Janeen Fernando.
“On one hand we have complete lack of information and the other problem is that even large Sri Lankan firms that have a web site tend to get to get lost in that maze of information that is on the internet already.”
“You have to get through millions of web sites before you get to the relevant one.”
A user-generated knowledge site, or wiki, has easy to edit software, where readers can add or change information on a particular, subject or start new su