Open Site

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Open Site Encyclopedia
Web address
Commercial No
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional
Owner Open Site Foundation, Inc
Created by Michael J. Flickinger
Launched April 14, 2002
Alexa rank
Negative increase 421,708 (April 2014)[1]

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

Category system[edit]

The Open-Site encyclopedia used an ontology based on that of DMOZ.

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[edit]

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 were both available for public use, provided an appropriate notation of credit was provided. Open-Site listed nine websites that used its data.[2]

Open Site children's encyclopedia[edit]

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

The new encyclopedia aimed to provide mostly original content written specifically for children.

Open-Site Charter[edit]

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[edit]

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

In 2012, the encyclopedia was abandoned and replaced with a listing of colleges and universities.

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