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PeerLibrary is calling for collaboration on open dataset of all academic publications.

xml4js – XML to JavaScript parser using XML Schema to guide conversion →

XML to JavaScript parser which uses XML Schema to guide conversion. Main motivation is that instead of guessing the structure of an XML document from the document itself, structure is created automatically from the XML Schema which makes output consistent for all XML documents, not just one at hand. For example, arrays are always arrays even when there is only one element in the particular XML document, and if there is only one element allowed, then there will be no one-element array wrapped around. This makes programmatically traversing the structure much easier, because structure is consistent and predictable.

Ideal of a economy in the society

I proposed the new global economic system which allows gradual transition from the current system. But to what would such a system lead? What is the ideal organization of economy in the society?

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Gradual transition to the new global economic system

I wrote about the new global economic system in the past. One property I like is that it provides a simple and gradual transition to it.

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Cargo Cult Science →

Feynman’s 1974 Caltech commencement address.

We made a new video talking about the emerging community of PeerLibrary, as well as the project’s origins in the open access movement.

Presentation of PeerLibrary at iAnnotate 2014 conference in San Francisco. Including the demo of current version in development, 0.2.

Are corporations a new form of slavery?

It is interesting to think about the whole concept of shareholding and corporations. It seems like a modern form of slavery. Because you cannot own a person anymore we developed a concept of corporate personhood, which we can own, sell, resell, split, merge, while it is doing work for you, its owner.

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Data-flow society

I have proposed a new global economic system which, instead of trying to reduce transactions between people to one numerical value (money), stores all information about the transaction itself so that then later on everybody can assign a personalized value to the transaction.

An interesting observation is that we can see people as nodes in a network and transactions between them as connections (edges) in the network. The question is how we define these edges. Do we assign an edge a precomputed simple value, a number, which is made at the moment the edge itself is made. (This is what we currently do.) Or do assign context of the edge to the edge, so that anybody can evaluate the edge by themselves. (This is what I am proposing.)

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Proactive federation of commons is better than just federation

For PeerLibrary project we had discussions on how much distributed or centralized should we make it. It is a cloud service and centralizing (unifying) user base and content has clear benefits for both end users and developers. End users have better user experience and ease of use, all content is available quickly and easily, and all other users are there, making social experience better. For developers, code can be much simpler and maintenance of only one instance makes it easier to deploy new versions and push security fixes quickly. It is easier to collect statistics and do A/B testing on a large sample. On the other hand, having multiple instances of PeerLibrary distributed around the world makes whole system more robust, specialized instances could be offered, privacy of users increased. Having PeerLibrary distributed would make forkability easier, encouraging more community control of both the project and the content (commons), preventing corruption of the main instance or core project.

I argue that what if we want a distributed system, what we in fact want is what I call “proactive federation” and not simple federation.

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