[Foundation-l] OLPC Khairat Chronicle

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Fri Nov 2 12:11:07 UTC 2007

Speaking of collaboration I was looking to get an interview with Nicholas
Negroponte about OLPC, there have been quite a few negative reports about
the XO costing nearer $200 than $100. I'd like to offer an opportunity to
say why it ended up costing more and cover the reports that have had links
posted here.

SJ has kindly offered to try and grab some of Nicholas' time and get him
answering questions, failing that other project insiders will cover them.

I've started a list on my wiki.laptop.org user page,

I'm posting this to foundation-l as well as Wikinews as I'd like input from
list readers from other projects. Do Wikipedians have any details they'd
like added to the WP article that we can dig up? Do those who've mentioned
upload of media to Commons want to ask about making that easier? Engage the
grey cells, figure out what you'd like to know about the project, and what
might make for interesting reading for the general public.

All constructive input much appreciated.


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Sent: 02 November 2007 11:57
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Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] OLPC Khairat Chronicle

I totally agree. What I wonder is  what the reasons are why people find it
problematic to collaborate as it is. There are so many projects,
organisations and it is sad to notice how little collaboration actually

On 11/2/07, Samuel Klein <sj at laptop.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Nov 2007, Brianna Laugher wrote:
> > Wow, reading those stories is really incredible! Great reports with
> > heaps of photos too.
> >
> > Out of interest Inkscape recently added/will soon add a "publish to
> > Open Clipart" function right in the software.
> Very neat.  Where was this discussed?  I wonder how OC is going to deal
> with the new flux of less-filtered input.
> > As for Commons, I think there is a big gap in many ways... but it
> > could be madly cool to see the photos and videos and music potentially
> > published somewhere. An OLPC server?
> The easiest thing to do is probably post to a separate [OLPC] server,
> which can itself have a variety of "publish to [other repository]" links
> from every media page... the people visiting that server to filter
> incoming media would be quite different from the communities of teachers
> and children producing the original works, would be sympathetic to the
> source communities and know the curation policies for potential target
> sites, &c.
> Thinking about this, I wonder what other pools of contributors of free
> content are currently being shut out from our favorite sites when really
> we would all be happier with a decent holding area while their input gets
> sorted.  As the world transitions from having little free content of any
> sort to having to decide "where should this piece of free content go?",
> the value of intermediary services, and of tools that let you create once
> and publish {everywhere appropriate}, will grow.
> SJ
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