The term InfoSoc, coined by InfoSoc.com co-founder and executive editor Michael Siegel, has become synonymous with the online community.
But its true origin lies with the nonprofit that was created to democratize information on the Internet in the early 2000s, InfoSoc Network (ISN).
Siegel explained that it was the idea of sharing information in an open, democratic, and transparent way that eventually led to InfoSoc’s rise.
It’s no coincidence that the first InfoSoc was formed by a group of individuals working to build the first community of open source software developers, who started out by building their own web browser.
“It was a time when it was really important to democratise the web,” said Siegel.
“And in fact the idea that there was no barrier to entry in open source came from a time of great concern about the lack of access to information on what was happening in the world.
So we decided to try to democratisation by allowing the community to decide how they would use the information.
And the result was InfoSoc.”
InformationSoc Network was launched in 2005 and today, it has over 100,000 members.
Members can contribute to topics like information security, policy, governance, innovation, and business practices.
The organization has partnered with the likes of Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Facebook, Microsoft, and many other companies.
InfoSoc has helped spread a culture of open and transparent data sharing.
In 2014, InfoSportNet, an organization created to provide a platform for users to create and participate in open, free, and fair competitions, was launched.
It has grown into a massive community of more than 500,000 people, with more than 40,000 teams competing in over 40,0000 competitions.
The competition has been so successful that InfoSoc is now providing free training to help more teams in the United States.
This past fall, Infosoc announced it would host the first-ever World Open Source Games in 2018.
In fact, the organization was awarded the prestigious honor of the “Global Innovation Award” in 2016.
“When you’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and the people you’re trying to reach are suffering from a pandemic themselves, and you want to bring awareness and awareness of the pandemic and how you can help, you don’t want to just go and build a website and go out and build one-off events and events to say, ‘Hey, this is how we’re going to get this information out there,'” Siegel said.
“You want to build a community and a network of people that are interested in sharing information and learning how to do it in a way that doesn’t have a financial cost, doesn’t require the government to pay for a lot of time and effort.”
The growth of InfoSoc isn’t limited to the United State.
In China, there is a thriving online community of InfoSphere members that have taken a similar approach.
In 2018, China’s Ministry of Education released a video series on the topic.
The video, titled “China’s Next Generation of Online Communities,” showed the rise of the China-based InfoSphere community and how the nation’s government was increasingly embracing the online space.
The videos was aimed at educating Chinese youth about open data and open governance.
“The next generation of China’s online communities is growing,” said Jia Yang, the director of the Digital Public Information Network (DPIN), a group that researches the role of information in China’s economy.
“They are more open and they are more transparent.
And they’re using social media platforms more.”
In China in 2018, over 50,000 citizens and businesses registered for the country’s first open source platform.
“There are hundreds of millions of people who have the power to change the course of history,” said Yang.
“We are building a new generation of Chinese leaders, leaders who are able to shape China in ways that are different from the past.”
The rise of InfoSci and InfoSoc in China is indicative of the countrys broader openness and transparency efforts.
The countrys Ministry of Commerce is actively working on open data standards, which is the first step in ensuring that the information that is provided is accurate and up to date.
In a bid to encourage the development of open data tools and platforms, the Ministry of Culture recently launched the Digital Chinese Education Network.
In partnership with China’s largest online education platform, Baidu, the two organizations are jointly developing a platform that will enable schools and universities to develop open and inclusive curricula for their students.
In addition, the Chinese government is developing a program called China’s Next Hundred Years to encourage China to be a global leader in open data.
As China continues to grapple with the pandemics and economic downturn, the country is increasingly relying on the global community for information.
“China has a very different mindset about open and open data,” said Zhehua Wang, the founder and chief data officer at InfoSoc (who was