November 2016 issue

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About this newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the newsletter. It is intended to collect information about projects consistent with the vision of free culture realized by projects like Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap: a world where people can freely share in art and knowledge, entertainment and wisdom.

In this first edition, we're bringing you updates related to four projects: Common Search (a libre/nonprofit search engine), (a libre/nonprofit review database), (a tool to liberate data from proprietary websites), and Snowdrift (a libre/nonprofit platform for funding public goods).

If you're working on a project that could be relevant to the next edition, please join our wiki and add it, here:

Common Search

A nonprofit search engine for the web

We are continuing to focus on reaching out to potential new contributors.

In October, we organized a 2-day sprint at that resulted in 3 pull requests. We spotted a few improvements to be made in the documentation but we saw that new contributors can already be onboarded in less than 2 hours, thanks to our Docker images and tutorials:

Our founder Sylvain will do 2 talks at the Apache Big Data conference on November 15 in Seville, Spain. The first will be on Common Search itself, while the second will be focused on open rankings and Spark.

A content liberation tool for supported websites

As of November 2016, in addition to previously supported sites (Yelp, IMDB,, TripAdvisor, Goodreads, Quora), you can now download your reviews from the following international versions of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, India, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, UK.

A community for free and open reviews of absolutely anything

A few days ago, we released a new screencast that demonstrates some of our recently added functionality: or

Most importantly, is now localized on, and we've already enabled Bengali, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Macedonian, Brazilian and European Portuguese, Swedish, and Simplified Chinese, in addition to English and German. If you want to help with translations, please see: now lets you upload media files to illustrate review subjects, and you can associate your reviews with teams to collaborate with others and make them discoverable. We've also added Atom feeds for the list of all reviews, all reviews by a user, all reviews by a team, and all reviews of a given subject.

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Community funding for public goods