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What does Cosma mean?
What is Cosma?
What does Cosma cost?
Is Cosma “free” or “open” software?
Can I pay to add a link or post to Cosma?
Is Cosma a new project?
Is Cosma finished?

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What does Cosma mean?

It is the (nonexistent) feminine form of the Greek word cosmos which is defined by Oxford as “The universe seen as a well-ordered whole.”

Cosmos : Greek kosmos (masculine) an orderly harmonious systematic universe – M. Webster
Cosma : Greek kosma (feminine) an orderly harmonious systematic description of the universe

Cosma is the “The universe of knowledge seen as a well-ordered whole.” — M. E. Hopper

What is Cosma?

Cosma is a systematic, top-down inventory of the most valuable, interesting and fun Knowledge Resources in the world, and it has unique ways to navigate and explore them.   The resources have been organized into hundreds of subjects and posted on pages that are organized around a special Content Outline. Each page has carefully selected links to world class resources, and the links are sorted by a classification scheme called the Knowledge Form. There are also 3D interfaces called Worlds that enable truly spatial Knowledge Navigation. Finally, there are over a hundred Adventures in Knowledge that are journeys through timely and fun resources on the Web.

What does Cosma cost?

Cosma was founded upon a deep commitment to the democratization of knowledge. It is first and foremost a “free” knowledge utility. Technically, it is freeware.

Is Cosma “free” or “open” software?

No, absolutely not! The cost to use Cosma is free, but it is notfree” or open” software. All unique interface elements, organizational structures, images and content are copyrighted.

Can I pay to add a link or post to Cosma?

No, absolutely not! It is not a paid directory, and it is not about raising revenue, getting “traffic,” being a promotional vehicle or any other form of commercialism. It is a 100% non-profit, advertisement free educational site, and it will remain so in the future! It is simply about identifying the highest quality knowledge resources and providing visitors with neat ways of navigating and exploring them. That is all that counts, and that is all that will ever count.

Is Cosma a new project?

No it is not. It is just the newest iteration of an old project that has been evolving for decades.   It is based upon over thirty years of research and development in information, knowledge and communication systems. The first prototype was created in the 1980s using HyperCard in color that ran on an Apple IIGS with ProDOS. The technology platform, content inventory, target audience and motivational strategy evolved through many iterations since then.

Is Cosma finished?

No. Only about half of the existing inventory has been posted on pages, so far.

There are hundreds of pages with tens of links per page right now, but there will be more than a thousand pages with up to a hundred links per page in the not too distant future.

However, it still won’t be “finished” then. Both the Web and the technologies used to create Cosma are constantly changing. That means that Cosma can never be “finished” in the traditional sense of the word.