The Public Sphere in an Electronic Age

Attending a workshop at Tufts co-sponsored by the Open Knowledge Commons. In Germany a single-volume printed version of Wikipedia was issued by a Bertelsmann subsidiary (50K entries – abridged from the online version), and sold out.

You can never predict how people will want to use information. Great power in aggregating/collecting sets of information. The research focus is on making it all available, interoperable, manageable. There’s a big need for derivative products, in my view – interfaces and packages that will help people approach the mountain in practical, helpful ways.

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