Announcing - an open-source, ActivityPub-compliant alternative to GoodReads, Coursera etc.

The goal is to build humanity's universal learning map by tagging learning resources with rich metadata such as topics, format, length, cost etc. There's a companion browser extension, a mobile app and peer-groups for project-based learning, mentored by selected experts and more.

The webapp is built with Ruby, Rails and PostgreSQL. Inviting devs:

@nilesh Hi, how is this an alternative to Goodreads?

@celia Books are one of the formats supported here. Example:

Users can add reviews and follow each other. Users can also create collections of their fav resources: books or otherwise. It even gives you widgets that you can embed ton your own websites to show your reading/learning activity.

@nilesh "CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license"

Noncommercial no-derivatives is not an open source compatible license, and is certainly not libre. This is source available, NOT open source.

@skunksarebetter Would AGPL qualify? I'm concerned about corporates taking control of it at least until there's an active community to protect against that.

@nilesh AGPL is open source. Mastodon and many other open source online services use AGPL, it's a very good choice.

@skunksarebetter Changed the license to AGPL. Thanks for pointing out.

@nilesh @skunksarebetter While I do endorse AGPL, I also want to point out that there has been a lot of discussion recently about how Free and Open Source Software licenses are politically … unsatisfying. See for example and pointers my recent contribution

@adrianheine @skunksarebetter Interesting. I somewhat agree. I think monopolies, not capitalism is the problem and FOSS licenses - by allowing unlimited commercial usage - failed to recognise that our govts are not doing their job of limiting monopolies at all. Even if Uber & Facebook were to be open-sourced today, their abuse would continue because their monopoly comes from dominating two-sided markets.

Just mentioning that I've recently switched my current projects to Unlicense. It's OSI approved and GPL compatible - and corporate lawyers won't touch it with a ten foot pole.

@x while I like the idea, I want to be able to catalogue what I've read and what I plan to read. This is a platform for resources from what I understand.

@awalvie @x You CAN catalogue what you have read and what you plan to read. Openlibrary is doing a better job for books so I chose to focus on learning (rather than books) but there is overlap.

@nilesh ohh, fantastic! Thanks for the information and I apologize for not properly reading through the website, I'll get started right away!

@nilesh This is awesome, but how is it a replacement for GoodReads?

@zcopley It is not a direct replacement. I started out that way but realised that projects like Openlibrary are already doing a great job. Still, it does what GoodReads does for non-fiction. Watch my talk at the upcoming @apconf for more.

@nilesh @apconf Thanks, I'll watch your talk. I'm pretty interested in a focused Open Web replacement to GoodReads (which is terrible). Is Openlibrary a good fit?

@nilesh The digitalgardensetup page is awesome! I've struggled for a while trying to set up my own and I have a love hate relationship with my current version! This is perfect. I'll be transitioning to using this asap.

@awalvie A minor annoyance with GitHub for hosting: If you try to save too frequently, they throw a HTTP 429 error. No data gets lost though.

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