Imagine Encyclosphere
Universal Network of Encyclopedias

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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"No small group of elites deserves the power to declare what is known for all of us."

Dr. Larry Sanger

Co-Founder of Wikipedia & Founder/Chairman of the Knowledge Standards Foundation

What is the Knowledge Standards Foundation?

A global group of volunteers creating the standards and tools for the future encyclosphere. We’re making a network, not an app.

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How Can You Help?

We need developers, designers, writers, editors, thinkers, marketers, promoters and fundraisers—if you can imagine a role being useful to kick-starting a network, we need that. Join us by coding, blogging, and more.

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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… Continue reading The liberating effects of data formatting standards

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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… Continue reading The Latest from the Knowledge Standards Foundation

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.