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What is the Encyclosphere?

Imagine all the encyclopedias in the world, connected into one decentralized network, the way all the blogs are loosely connected. You've heard of the blogosphere; now, we’re building an encyclosphere.

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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 “”, a hypothetical online science encyclopedia. Kevin is a regular user of, and has contributed to a number of articles on the subject of high-energy physics. He… Continue reading Guest post: User story on ratings and edits

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, and are fictional Story A user “Jane” wants to search for an article about… Continue reading Guest post: User story on searching and reading article on web