Open Source Knowledge

Could knowledge be open?

Wired has a good story in the Nov. 2003 issue about Wired 11.11: Open Source Everywhere. It charts some of the open projects other than source code projects like the Wikipedia and Stallman’s Project Gutenberg. These are mostly open publishing projects, but what would it mean to open the development of knowledge the way code developers do? Could we turn a project like TAPoR inside out so that all could see the workings of the project and participate?

What would be entailed?

– Open the budgets – put the financial guts of the project online

– Open the e-mail lists and meetings

– Blogs that reveal the research process (like these notes?), the notes, and the bibliographic process