O'Reilly European Open Source Convention - October 17-20, 2005 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Divide and conquer data models - How to open source everything
Stefan Magdalinski, TheyWorkForYou.com

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, 20 October 2005
Time: 13:30 - 14:15
Location: Amsterdam Room

Wikipedia has shown that ESR's old saw about 'Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow' can be applied to all kinds of knowledge and activity beyond software development. Are there limits to the kinds of information we can open source? What makes an area amenable? What works and what doesn't? At Wikimania 2005, Jimmy Wales threw down a challenge, outlining the 10 next areas of knowledge that the open knowledge community could attack. I believe there some common universal properties that make a knowledge domain susceptible to a wikipedia/open source approach, and certain kinds of knowledge that have to be bent or reformulated slightly to make them susceptible. With reference to wikipedia, theyworkforyou.com and other projects, I shall outline what needs to happen to make each one work, what conditions could cause them to fail, and then suggest some ideas for how we might take them forward.



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