Wikis — the rant

New from the MySociety genii:, capsule the curiously-capitalised PlaceOpedia. Think Google Maps ? Wikipedia. Brilliant. Except that, as I write, all the links read


  1. Interesting points there, mate.
    Care to expand on the Creative Commons issues? Are you saying it takes longer to get the *concept* of CC?

  2. It takes longer to understand CC than it does not to think about intellectual property and licensing issues. Which I think is peoples’ default position.
    We’re not used to being publishers. We’re used to signing over what we contribute, or to just not thinking about it (and thus, usually, being protected as the original holder of title under copyright law by default). That’s if we’re published at all.
    It’s that consumers -> publishers shift that takes time. CC is one way of smoothing the transition, but it still takes time to think through.

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