Memory Alpha Reaches 25,000 ArticlesBy Christian
June 21, 2007 - 9:41 PM
Memory Alpha, the wiki-based Star Trek encyclopedia, this week announced it has surpassed the 25,000 article mark.
The site was originally launched in November 2003, inspired by the success of the free open-source encyclopdia Wikipedia. Memory Alpha is run in a similar manner to Wikipedia, meaning that users from all over the world can freely add and edit articles on any topic even remotely related to the Star Trek franchise.
The 25,000th article is a biography of Robert Iscove, a Canadian director who helmed the TNG episode "The Icarus Factor." Besides providing some brief professional information on Iscove, in true Memory Alpha fashion the article also includes an exhaustive list of former Trek actors who worked with the director on other projects.
Unlike the Iscove article, which was written from a "real world point of view," most articles on the site look as if they have been written by an archivist at Memory Alpha, the planet that featured in the Original Series episode "The Lights Of Zetar" as the Federation library planet. Writers for the site are encouraged to think of it as an actual encyclopedia that exists in the Star Trek universe.
Besides the main English site, versions of Memory Alpha exist in twelve other languages, including German, Dutch, and Esperanto -- although, strangely enough, not yet Klingon.