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 under the GNU Free Documentation License .

Category system

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.

  • Arts – covering creative pursuits and entertainment .
  • Business – covering business and finance .
  • Computers – covering computers and the internet .
  • Games – covering video games and various other games .
  • Health – covering human health and animal health.
  • Home – covering the home and family .
  • Recreation – covering recreation and leisure .
  • Regional – covering countries and localities.
  • Science – covering social sciences , mathematics and science .
  • Society – covering people and society .
  • Sports – covering various sports , including hockey , soccer and baseball .

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

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 RDF file was both available for public use. Open-Site listed nine websites that used its data. [2]

Open Site children’s encyclopedia

In August 2004 the Open Site Foundation launched a children’s encyclopedia based on the Open 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 is written for children.

Open-Site Charter

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 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 to contribute to the project.
  • Everyone has the right to propose and submit content to the encyclopedia.

Changes and developments

October 2, 2007: Michael J. Flickinger released Open Site 2.0. The new version is open to the public. 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.

See also

  • Lists of encyclopedias


  1. Jump up^ “ Site Info” . Alexa Internet . Retrieved 2014-04-01 .
  2. Jump up^ Using Our Data – What sites are currently using Open Site data? Open Site

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