Wikipedia and WikiHow are popular and really useful sites we all have been using every now and then. But these are some lesser-known wiki sites that are useful too.
You may be exploring cool and interesting stuff on various topics of your interest over Wikipedia almost everyday. You may even be using wiktionary for looking up meanings of hard words that you come across. And not to mention, there’s wikihow where you learn how to do anything through easy, illustrated instructions. Apart from these, WikiAnswers lets you answer and seek answers questions about anything and everything; and the media repository ‘Wikimedia Commons’ lets you access freely licensed images, sound and other media files.
Oh, but do you know that ‘wiki’ has many other sites that aren’t as popular as Wikipedia, wikihow, wiktionary and few others, yet are really useful?
Well if you don’t, then do check out such lesser-known but useful wiki sites right here.
Formerly known as WikiPaintings, WikiArt is the online, user-editable encyclopedia for visual art. It aims to make world’s art accessible to all from anywhere. The site features 150,000 artworks of over 2,500 artists of different nationalities, schools/groups from 28 fields, 156 art movements, 160 styles and 54 genres. From cave artworks to modern private collections, this site has works of visual art from renowned artists such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali among others. (18.1)
WikiSummaries is where you can find and contribute summaries of your favorite books. With currently over 15 subcategories, an author can give readers information about their work and a publisher can make their titles more easily findable online. This site comprises of summaries of several bestsellers, classic novels and fiction including Romeo and Juliet, Twilight, Harry Potter, Othello, The Kite Runner and many, many more. (18.2)
RationalWiki mainly analyzes and refutes the pseudoscience and anti-science movement. Rather than adopting the neutral point of view or informational tone like that of Wikipedia, this site has a “snarky point of view” (SPOV) policy. The contributors seek explorations of fundamentalism and authoritarianism. Moreover, it analyzes and criticizes how such subjects are handled in media. Creationism, Ufology, Paranormal, Denialism, Global warming, Logic, Conspiracy theories, Alternative medicine among others are the portals covered on this site. (18.3)
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a world map created by a community of mappers like you. It has more than 2 million registered users who collect data about roads, cafes, trails, railway stations through manual survey, GPS devices, aerial imagery, and other free sources. (18.4)
Catawiki is an online auction platform owned by Ilse Kamps that was founded in 2008. It has been curating art, watches, model trains, vintage comic books, jewellery and classic cars and hosting weekly online auctions since 2011. (18.5)
Available in 19 active editions, Wikivoyage is a free, online travel guide featuring travel destinations and travel topics. Widely known as the “Wikipedia of travel guides”, it is built by collaboration of wiki voyagers across the globe. (18.6)
Scholarpedia is the online encyclopedia having open-access quality academic journals. Subject to peer-review, the articles on this site are authored by invited experts. Computational intelligence, Physics, Dynamical systems, Astrophysics, Celestial machines and more are the focal areas covered on the site. (18.7)
Foodista is a wiki encyclopedia of culinary information. It is the free online source where food enthusiasts can become users and collaborate to provide amazing food recipes, food news and cooking tools and techniques. (18.8)
Wikicars provides you free information about cars and all things automotive. You can search for a car by make or get handy car buying tips. Also, you can know about the famous car designers, in-depth reviews on latest models and featured cars. (18.9)
AboutUs lets the users add entries or add information about people, websites, business or anything regardless of the notability or commercial interest. Also, it does not restrict self-promotional information. (18.10)
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