Knowledge for all, freedom to learn, towards collective wisdom
Enabling communities to empower themselves with knowledge.
Free/Libre Knowledge can be acquired, interpreted and applied freely, it can be re-formulated according to one's needs,
and shared with others for community benefit.
In today's world, where knowledge may be captured and shared electronically,
this freedom is not automatically preserved,
and we elaborate this definition for explicit knowledge:
(explicit) Libre Knowledge is
knowledge released in such a way that users are free to read,
listen to, watch, or otherwise experience it; to learn from or with it;
to copy, adapt and use it for any purpose; and to share derived works
similarly (as free knowledge) for the benefit of the community.
Representations of free knowledge must be conveniently accessible
for modification and sharing. For example, using Free software and Free file formats.
"Explicit knowledge" is knowledge captured on some medium, usually
in a form representable on a computer (e.g. text, sound, video,
animation, executable program, etc.).
Users of libre knowledge are free to
(0) use the work for any purpose
(1) study its mechanisms, to be able to modify and adapt it to their
(2) make and distribute copies, in whole or in part
(3) enhance and/or extend the work and share the result.
Freedoms 1 and 3 require free file formats
and free software as defined by the Free Software Foundation
Libre implies freedom to access, read, listen to, watch, or
experience the resource; to learn with, copy, perform, adapt and
use it for any purpose; and to contribute and share enhancements
or derived works.