Announcing LearnAwesome.org - 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: https://github.com/learn-awesome/learn
@nilesh Hi, how is this an alternative to Goodreads?
@celia Books are one of the formats supported here. Example: https://learnawesome.org/items/5c731d15-6a53-432e-82e4-a4de9fecb2d1-the-first-20-hours
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 https://ada.adrianheine.de/foss-against-capitalism
@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.
@nilesh awesome idea, thanks for sharing!
@awalvie didn’t you ask for this?
@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.
@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?
@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.
@nilesh will keep that in mind!
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