A press release issued in connection with a pre-launch event on December 22, 2015 provides the following information about Book of Mormon Central:
A faculty member at the Stanford University LDS Institute of Religion, [Lynne Wilson] grew tired of seeing bright Latter-day Saints not knowing where to turn to seriously engage the Book of Mormon. She envisioned an organization capable of communicating the wonders of this text to a broad audience including especially the rising generation of young people. . . .
Beginning January 1, 2016, frequent Book of Mormon research updates will appear in many social media venues. This new resource is designed and built by and for people who love, treasure, ponder, research, apply, and believe the Book of Mormon. BMC will provide free access to Book of Mormon research and scholarship. . . .
The organization exists to freely inform, explain, invite, engage, inspire, and encourage greater knowledge and appreciation of every aspect of the Book of Mormon. Book of Mormon Central believes that increased understanding of this transformational text will advance goodness, justice, and faith on personal, family, social, and international levels.
In keeping with these goals, Book of Mormon Central will provide the following:
* Book of Mormon Central Archive — a comprehensive searchable digital repository. Books, papers, art, photos, audio, and video are all freely available in one convenient place. Over 1,000 items are currently in the archive.
* Book of Mormon Central Notes — Wiki-style articles on every imaginable Book of Mormon topic, authored and edited by dozens of people from different walks of life. This resource will grow through 2016 and beyond to become an online encyclopedia of knowledge about the Book of Mormon. Notes articles reference longer sources in the archive.
* Book of Mormon Central Text — an interactive copy of the Book of Mormon with links to explanatory material in the notes and archive. A central text for this web site will be based on the earliest manuscripts of the Book of Mormon that were written 1829-1830.
* Book of Mormon Central KnoWhys — brief illustrated essays, videos, podcasts and memes that present little-known information about the Book of Mormon, then explain why it is significant. KnoWhys are published frequently via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
Book of Mormon Central’s website, http://www.bookofmormoncentral.org, will go live on January 1, 2016.