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This is pretty big news: Wikipedia, which has so far been licensed under the GFDL, is moving towards integration with the Creative Commons system. Two days ago, the Wikimedia Foundation requested that the GNU folks modify the GFDL to allow “mass collaborative projects” developed under the GFDL to migrate to the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

A time of troubles awaits in the near future, when Wikipedians will be asked to decide: relicense the encyclopedia under CC-BY-SA 3.0, or not? Even if the community says no, the new version of the GFDL will allow other content developers to mix material from Wikipedia and CC sources much more easily than was possible before.

(Via Peter Suber.)

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    • The algorithm
    • Posted Monday, 3 December 2007 at 18:44 pm
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    Offtopic: So, Texas just fired their director of science education because she supports the teaching of evolution. Apparently this is just a taste of an even bigger fuss over evolution that will peak when the state’s science standards are reviewed next year.

    The official explanation of her firing is pretty nuts; she allegedly “injected her personal beliefs” into her job by posting about an upcoming anti-ID lecture, even though, as she notes, (a) opposition to ID “isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law,” since Texas’s existing guidelines are clear that evolution is to be taught in science class and ID isn’t, (b) when you forward around a notice of a lecture you’re not actually endorsing its content, and (c) it’s science, bitches. Hey, maybe we’ll get another NOVA special out of this.

  1. Y’know, if sending out an “FYI” e-mail about an upcoming lecture counts as taking a side in the evolution/cdesign proponentsism debate, then the cdesign proponentsists can’t really complain they’re being shut out of the scientific community. I mean, look how much publicity the real scientists give them! Even America’s Richard Dawkins himself is advertising their lectures!