Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
This is one of the odder things I've seen. Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia and founder of the new 'expert-driven' Citizendium online encyclopedia, is making a call on philanthropists to "liberate" educational content by buying it from publishers and posting it for free online. Why? "My main complaint is that there simply is not very much really excellent content online, period. I, like most parents, want the best available materials for my little boy. Most of what I find for free online is simply not nearly as high quality as what some publishers sell." Me, I think it would be a waste of philanthropists' money paying publishers to continue to inflate prices and underpay authors. The money would be better spent helping volunteers make their free content better.

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