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Algopedia - Documents for a Globally Organized Alleviation of Suffering (Algopedia, for short), is a wiki dedicated to the management of knowledge about suffering.[1]

Algopedia offers a place in contemporary culture to collect, classify, and distribute documents related to suffering. By its design and methods, as a collaborative frame of work, it invites users to participate in a common endeavor to alleviate suffering worldwide.

Its conception originates from the idea of “an enterprise that would look at human work concerning pain or suffering from a global, unified, systematic perspective” or “a theoretical discipline and a practical organization that would deal with the problem of suffering as a whole”.[2] In order to implement such an idea, the Algosphere Alliance was set up in 2013, with a collaborative platform featuring various centers of interest for action in both the theoretical and the practical field. Then, Algopedia was proposed as a project promoted by the Alliance, along with the creation of algonomy, a discipline about suffering, and the production of an Algonomy Handbook. In the near future, it is hoped that the Alliance will strategically connect a large number of people interested in the global alleviation of suffering, and Algopedia will represent an essential component for effecting this connection through the sharing of documents.

The Algopedia project was first set up in 2014 after a decision of the Algosphere Alliance.[3][4] The project remained on stand-by until September 2016, when the wiki was transferred from algosphere.org to miraheze.org so that it would benefit from the more technically appropriate hosting services of Miraheze.

The headquarters of the project are located at Algopedia:Management.

Methods[edit source]

Methods in Algopedia include (more to come soon):

  • Search box - Available on every page, it provides the quickest way to find information.
  • Categories - “Categories, a software feature of MediaWiki, provide automatic indexes that are useful as tables of contents. You can categorize pages and files by adding one or more Category tags to the content text. These tags create links at the bottom of the page that take you to the list of all pages in that category, which makes it easy to browse related articles.” See a tentative List of suggested categories.
  • Annotation with hypothes.is (explanations) - If that interests you, contact us and we'll send you an invite to take part in the hypothes.is group "Algopedia Testing".
  • Connection with Algosphere’s centers of interests - For instance: see Justice.
  • Badges with http://openbadges.org/ - It will be used to acknowledge every registered user’s level of expertise and thus officially initiate the development of Algopedia as a disciplinary specialization in the field of algonomy.
  • Coherence management - It will allow to deal with controversial topics as well as incongruities between entries. [6]
  • Objective management of document - Articles, in principle, should contain only cited material, without any added 'original' content. Thus, it is thought, documents management is more objective, and controversial comments or treatment are avoided (especially perhaps in articles about living persons, organizations or hot topics). Comments and other forms of treatment should be made through methods such as annotation, categories, coherence management, relationship linking, discussion on each article 'Talk' page, etc."

See also[edit source]

Algopedia:How-to
List of suggested categories
List of items relative to methods
List of items relative to knowledge management in general

Notes and references[edit source]

  1. Two ancient Greek words are used in the formation of 'algo-pedia': algo refers to suffering and pedia to learning.
  2. Personal Research on Suffering, Robert Daoust, 1975.
  3. Agora 2014
  4. The AlgoNews 2014-06 had this summary:
    "Il est proposé d’installer sur le serveur de algosphere.org le même logiciel qu’utilise Wikipédia et de démarrer ainsi Algopedia, l’encyclopédie sur la souffrance. Plusieurs des articles de Wikipédia pourraient être utilisés pour démarrer Algopedia, tels les articles sur la douleur, sur certaines problèmatiques, sur certaines organisations ou individus pertinents, etc. Le public en général sera invité à créer de nouveaux articles, en suivant quelques règles bien précises. Cette encyclopédie pourrait fournir ensuite le matériel de base pour produire un manuel d’algonomie qui présenterait une première synthèse du savoir sur la souffrance..."
    Translation: "It is proposed to install on the algosphere.org server the software used by Wikipedia and thus start Algopedia, the encyclopedia on suffering. Many Wikipedia articles might be used to start Algopedia, such as entries on pain, certain problems, certain relevant organizations or individuals, etc. The public will be invited to create new articles, with a few precise rules to follow. That encyclopedia could then provide the basic material for producing an algonomy handbook that would present a first synthesis of knowledge about suffering..."
  5. See for instance https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lists_of_lists
  6. Possible tools: http://en.arguman.org/, http://www.austhink.com/critical/pages/argument_mapping.html, http://debategraph.org, http://canonizer.com/, http://rbutr.com/... See more details in List of items relative to methods.