Whitepaper: The Future of Knowledge · Underlay
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"...We propose the creation of an open collection of all public knowledge – including science, law, history, news – called the Underlay. Public knowledge is currently presented in many forms: publications, databases, dynamic interfaces. The Underlay will expose and structure the knowledge underlying those presentations, in a machine-readable form that can be dynamically searched, vetted, and presented to humans, tracing the provenance of each piece. By separating knowledge from its presentation, each bit can be analyzed for relevance and recombined and re-presented in many contexts. This will save duplicated effort, and accelerate collaboration and study. People can use the Underlay to evaluate knowledge based on their trust in sets of sources, and can compare what different networks perceive as truth.
The creation of richer collections of machine-readable knowledge is inevitable. What is not inevitable is having such a knowledge base as a public resource freely available to all. We are at a fork in the road. The transition to machine-mediated access could consolidate our dependence on a few large intermediaries, and we need institutional forces that support public knowledge as a public good...."