Encyclosphere

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 […]

Guest post: Encyclosphere – possible structure and article format

It is proposed that the article format be XML-based with a combination of custom elements and RDF inspired attributes. HTML might initially seem like a good option due to its broad usage and familiarity, however HTML is not semantic in origin. Attempting to extract meaning from generic HTML is an effort in heuristic and error-prone guess work. HTML has also grown quite vast in size and complexity, containing well over 100 tags, 100 attributes, dozens of style settings and programming hooks, the vast majority of which are not applicable to general read-only encyclopedic style articles.

Guest post: User story on ratings and edits

This is intended to be an example of the activities that the encyclosphere standards and protocols should support. It follows on from user story 1, which introduces “sciepedia.org”, a hypothetical online science encyclopedia. Kevin is a regular user of sciepedia.org, and has contributed to a number of articles on the subject of high-energy physics. He […]

Guest post: User story on searching and reading article on web

In order to identify the requirements for an encyclosphere protocol, here’s a sketch of how one user might use one online encyclopedia one day. Nothing about this is prescriptive, it’s just an example of how it might work. Jane, sciepedia.org and altiepedia.com are fictional Story A user “Jane” wants to search for an article about […]

Guest post: Kinds of Online Encyclopedia

I don’t think we have a clear shared idea of just what an online encyclopedia within the Encyclosphere would look like. Mostly, that’s a good thing. We’re not trying to build an encyclopedia, we’re trying to enable a multitude of encyclopedias, and they won’t all have the same form of presentation or the same editorial […]

Guest post: How loudspeaker propaganda conducted by South Korea against North Korea works

People usually think all that the loudspeakers play are k-pop songs and downright propaganda. If you look more into it, the loudspeakers are a carefully crafted psychological warfare. The initial announcements start with weather reports. Accurate weather reports that the NK neither has the manpower nor the computing power to gather and spread along the […]