Open Content

Descriptions can be found through The Open Content Page at

The OpenContentLicense is at

Open content documents are, like open source software, licensed by copyright holders to users to distribute and change.

An example is WikiPedia.

OpenDirectoryProject seems to be rolling along on a massive scale with an open content set-up, but not Wiki-related. Around 33,000 official volunteer editors are churning past 2.5 million human-reviewed web sites. I skimmed the license, seems simple, display a copyright notice with link back in their format, and you can have some or download it all. There's a line about the license being irrevocable, forever, even if the project shuts down. Just installed ODP++, Perl freeware - $50? $100? to remove the one, minimal Powered by... link back. Modular, templates to customize, with a local caching option, but doesn't even store data locally. Run the whole ODP through a fully customized interface, or filter down to whatever subsets you like. Pretty bizarre, especially with Netscape, Lycos, HotBot? all fellow ODP-users. -- MikeM
Also see BudapestOpenAccessInitiative, CreativeCommons, OpenArchivesInitiative, and PublicLibraryOfScience.

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