Open Site

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Open Site Encyclopedia
Commercial? No
Type of site Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional
Owner Open Site Foundation, Inc
Created by Michael J. Flickinger
Launched April 14, 2002

Open-Site, the Open Encyclopedia Project, is a free internet encyclopedia founded in 2002 by Michael J. Flickinger in an effort to build a free categorized community-built encyclopedia, inspired by the Open Directory Project. The Open Site software is open source under the Mozilla Public License and the content is free content under the GNU Free Documentation License.


Category system

The Open-Site encyclopedia uses an ontology based on that of Open Directory Project, of which it is a spin-off.

Open-Site has the following main categories, under which most content is organized in several layers of subcategories.

In addition to these major topical English categories, the Open-Site encyclopedia also has the following other top-level categories.

  • International - contains the encyclopedia in several other languages.
  • News - updates on current events.
  • Kids - a children's internet encyclopedia in several languages.

Using Open-Site data

On the main page of Open Site, it states: "Open-Site is edited by volunteer editors and its content is freely available for everyone under the GNU Free Documentation License."

The live pages and an RDF file are both available for public use, provided an appropriate notation of credit is provided. Open-Site lists nine websites that use its data.[1]

Open Site children's encyclopedia

In August 2004 the Open Site Foundation launched a children's encyclopedia based on the Open Site encyclopedia and the Kids and Teens Open Directory Project. It was formed by a group of editors from both projects. Open-Site Meta Editor and Open Directory Project KCatmv editor lufiaguy originated the idea.

The new encyclopedia aims to provide mostly original content written specifically for children. It is currently in the pre-publication production stage.

Open-Site charter

Open Site operates under a charter written by the founders of Open Site when it started in 2002. The key elements of the charter are:

  • Everyone has the right to apply to become an editor and to become involved in the project.
  • Everyone has the right to use Open Site data with few restrictions.
  • Everyone has the right to access and discuss policies and guidelines.
  • Everyone has the right to hold and express their own personal opinions in discussion.
  • The Open Site community will manage itself.
  • Everyone has the right to choose when and how they contribute to the project.
  • Everyone has the right to propose and submit content to the encyclopedia.

Changes and developments

During 2005, several previously active editors, including some senior editors, reduced their contributions to Open-Source.[citation needed] A major server crash in mid-2005 lost (or more correctly misplaced) considerable content and damaged the linkages between sections and categories.[citation needed] Enthusiasm waned as editors had to redo considerable areas of content. In addition, several new editors became active, and some tensions appeared between them and editors who had been with the project over the project's future direction.[citation needed]

October 2, 2007: Michael J. Flickinger releases Open Site 2.0. The new version allows the general public to apply for editing privileges at Open Site. The content is then reviewed by Open Site managers before being published.

See also


External links

ru:Open Encyclopedia Project simple:Open Site uk:Open Encyclopedia Project

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