RE: Fruitipedia - open source?
- Yes I do agree that the open source paradigm can admit factual errors and
this is a serious negative - however, the power of thousands of people
perhaps many more, in their contributions and checking and discussion based
on empiricism can correct these errors over time. And of course you can
correct them yourself.
Anyone making persistent factual errors tends to be countered by the open
academic basis of the medium. In any case - a few errors are the very stuff
of a natural organic process (cf. evolutionary principles), precision is the
way of non-natural and non-human mechanistic culture that we are generally
trying to move away from.
Members can be vetted - perhaps initially limited to those with an academic
or other authoritative background. There are many ways in which a degree of
central control can be maintained akin to Arthur Koestlers idea of Panarchy,
e.g. an editorial class similar to Wikipedia's new approach.
However, the most powerful aspect of open source is the sense of
participation and 'ownership' which can create a mass movement which directs
social power to your cause - and which creates content which a centralised
system can only achieve by using many times more energy and focus - if you
have that energy and focus then I applaud your efforts since this is an
My own background is organisational psychology, human ecology, consciousness
and complex systems
I hope you will revist the idea of Open Source from time to time. In the
meantime, if I have any content from my local plant knowledge I will
certainly contribute it.
From: Dr. Chiranjit Parmar [mailto:parmarch_mnd@...]
Sent: 21 June 2008 09:31
To: Alastair McGowan
Subject: Re: Fruitipedia - open source?
My dear Dr. McGowan,
I feel greatly encouraged by your comments about Fruitipedia. Thanks.
Fruitipedia is an "open source" site but of course slightly different from
Wikipedia. All are welcome to contribute articles, comments, corrections
etc. in Fruitipedia. But this will be through me and not directly as in
Wikipedia. As editor, I want to have a look at the material to ensure that
there are no "factual errors". What I know that Google have started having
problems as a result of their open source policy. That is why I have kept a
I hope you will agree with me.
Please DO SEND articles to Fruitipedia.
Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
----- Original Message -----
From: Alastair McGowan <mailto:alastairmcgowan@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2008 11:54 AM
Subject: Fruitipedia - open source?
Dear Dr Parmar
Fruitipedia is wonderful. Thank you.
I have a suggestion, if you have not already considered this: If Fruitipedia
were open source so that anyone could contribute, edit, review and comment
on entries you could harness the power of thousands of people (just like
Wikipedia) and build the content at a rate which one organisation alone
could never do. I have made this suggestion to PFAF also.
Again, thank you for your work.
Dr Alastair McGowan
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