[Foundation-l] google to launch encyclopedic project?

GerardM gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 12:58:00 UTC 2007

When you read the announcement, it is clear that the author decides if he
wants to have adverts. It is not unrealistic to expect a similar option for
the license that makes the information available. The range of licenses will
need to be compatible with the intentions of Google. As the stated aim is to
bring information to the people, a license like the CC-by is not
unreasonable. Then there are also the pictures that go with an  article;
each picture had some attribution with it, they looked like hyperlinks.

As each KNOL seems to be an article that stands on its own, it will not
provide the web of information that can be found in our projects.This makes
me believe that when people find Wikipedia they are to a large extend not
exposed to the Google ads. This could be a reason why a true alternative
makes sense.

This is the initial announcement for their project, but there is nothing in
there that indicates that it will be available for other languages. English
is the language that has the most resources available to it and as such this
project will not have that much of an impact. For many other languages
Google can have much more of an impact.


On Dec 14, 2007 1:38 PM, Tomasz Ganicz <polimerek at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2007/12/14, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com>:
> > On 14/12/2007, Domas Mituzas <midom.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > This just in - from official Google blog:
> > > http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/12/encouraging-people-to-
> > > contribute.html
> >
> > http://www.google.com/images/blogs/knol_lg.png shows a CC-by-3.0 tag.
> > That's a BIG WIN for Wikimedia and what we do - making free content
> > *normal and expected*. If they require contributions to be under a
> > proper free content licence, then I'm a BIG FAN of this endeavour.
> > Same reason Citizendium succeeding (assuming they pick a free licence)
> > would be a big win for what we do - it's not competition, it's
> > expanding the pool of unencumbered knowledge.
> >
> The strange thing is with possibliity to editing this by many and
> simultaneusly puting just one name of author. Or the idea is that only
> one author can edit? If so, there is no reason to have "edit" tab
> visible by all..  It is not clear to me, what they really want to do.
> --
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