I think you`re maybe missing an important aspect of hyperlinks.
Although they`re technically a way to navigate to pages, they`re
contextually no different from footnotes, endnotes, cross references,
indices, and a table of contents, back when print media was all we had.
A hyperlink is created by the author, based on the context---the
association--with other content. In Wikipedia, if you`re reading about
Mozart, who was a musician, you can link to "musician" to discover the
concept of music.
Music is a language, logical system, harmonic, or whatever else, and
each of those conceps can be linked in context. Properly developed
hyperlinks offer a system to move in and around concepts and their
super sets, as well as their sub sets, without losing one`s original
I read the linked article above, which is where I began my thinking
about some of the questions herein. On the other hand, you may want to
take a look at the WordNet
project. This is a new type of dictionary, formulated out of the same associated thinking system.
To address the topic here, though, I`d suggest that in the beginning,
YOU are likely going to have to build the content of the system. If you
can find like-minded people, great; but if not, it`s up to you how far
you want to go with the project. Your competition is Wikipedia, not to
mention the many other "wikis" out there.
Your additional competition is the search engine market, particularly
Google, which is spending a lot of money on associations---what they`re
calling "relevance." It`s not to say you don`t have a good idea, or
that it won`t work. Only that you`re going to have to accept that it`ll
I get the sense that in some ways, you`re feeling impatient that this
idea hasn`t caught on like a wildfire? :-) Remember that most
entrepreneurs get all jazzed about their new idea, and assume the rest
of the world has been standing around waiting for this to happen.
Back when I was playing professionally, we had a high-school graduation
to play. Look at the way I phrased that---"a high-school graduation."
That`s how we, the band, along with the agents all looked at it; a
booking. We didn`t know the name of the school, the kids, or anything
other than directions to the gym.
At one point, some of the guys in the band weren`t really paying
attention. They`d been drinking, and the music was a bit off. One of
the managing chaperones came up and read us the riot act.
"To you guys, this is just a gig; it`s a quick buck, filling in a
time-slot during an open weekend. But think about the kids here: To
them, it`s a once-in-a-lifetime event. They`ll remember this graduation
prom for the rest of their lives!"
I never forgot that. It brought home the entire meaning of
"perspective" for me. Like a wedding, where the people there will
remember it forever, but to the band it`s just another afternoon job.
So too, you have to remember perspective when you`re developing a new
To you, this is all consuming, fascinating, involving, and a passion.
But how does it look to others, or the rest of the world? When you say
you want skilled people to write useful and pertinent content, why
should they...or would they? What`s the incentive? Why would they care?
They`re usually busy with their own passion and involvement.
If, on the other hand, you`re doing something unusual and interesting,
and it`s enough to pique the interest in other teachers, educators,
psychologists, writers, and so forth, then they`ll naturally get
involved. See? For now, you have the burden of making that