Encyclosphere

The liberating effects of data formatting standards

We at the Knowledge Standards Foundation speak about an “encyclopedia network” and about “standards” for the entire network architecture. And it probably is a good idea to be thinking about that. But, having explored a number of different attempts to decentralize social media, I have come around to a simple view about what we really […]

The Latest from the Knowledge Standards Foundation

The Knowledge Standards Foundation has a lot of news, in approximately chronological order: After a casual call for donations on Twitter last fall, Foundation President Larry Sanger managed to find our first significant donation, $100,000 plus legal expenses paid. We soon thereafter restarted organizing things in the Slack group. Larry published a book, Essays on […]

First speech: Introducing the Encyclosphere

This is the text of a speech Larry Sanger gave about the Encyclosphere and the Knowledge Standards Foundation, October 17, 2019, at TheNextWeb’s Hard Fork Summit in Amsterdam. For now, you can go to Encyclosphere.org to sign up for news of the project. We’ll also give you opportunities to get involved within the next week […]

What the Encyclosphere Is Not

Announcements of new Internet initiatives activate a whole set of concepts and their accompanying questions: What’s the team? Who are the investors? What’s the product called? How does the app work? What differentiates it from the competition? When does it launch? Few of these questions is appropriate to the Knowledge Standards Foundation or the Encyclosphere. […]

The Encyclosphere: A Technical Proposal

In this post, I want to break down the basic technology of the Encyclosphere—but bear in mind this is more of a proposal for review than a finished concept. Bear also in mind that “Introducing the Encyclosphere” is a better source for general reflections about the Encyclosphere and how the Knowledge Standards Foundation will help […]

Let’s have your feedback on this here site

Folks, please give us general feedback to this site. A lot will be fixed and there are many issues already being tracked, but more general reflections on this site, that aren’t (necessarily, just) “issues” would be most welcome. Thanks in advance! Of course, if you do have bugs/fix requests to report, won’t you please submit […]

Introducing the encyclosphere project

Executive Summary After ten years of domination by big social media—which might finally be in decline—we are tired of giant Silicon Valley corporations using us contemptuously. We still remember an Internet in which we charted our own destiny. The encyclosphere will be the universal network of encyclopedias—an ownerless, leaderless, centerless knowledge commons. Like the blogosphere, […]