The MIT Knowledge Futures Group (KFG) develops and deploys technologies that form part of an emerging open knowledge ecosystem. We are building and promoting technologies to transfigure our analysis of and relationship with information.
The KFG community is committed to addressing a core set of pressing and complex issues within research-intensive institutions. Our goal is to develop open tools, infrastructure, and transparent business models that will bend the arc of knowledge creation and consumption toward equity and independence.
Our group serves as a test kitchen and staging platform for the development of open source technologies, standards, and aligned open access publications. Our goal is to develop and deploy projects that enrich our open knowledge infrastructure and encourage greater institutional ownership of that infrastructure.
Universities and researchers play a leading role in designing and sustaining our knowledge systems. It is essential for universities, and core to their mission, to assert greater control over systems for knowledge representation, dissemination, and preservation. The KFG is committed to designing and building next generation technologies that serve the public interest. We develop and promulgate enduring movement-building models that will influence how information is produced and knowledge is attained.
Knowledge is the greatest legacy of human progress, and unmediated access to knowledge will help address the urgent global challenges of the 21st century.
The KFG is responsible for the ongoing development of PubPub, an open authoring and publishing platform initially developed as a Media Lab project. PubPub socializes the process of knowledge creation by integrating conversation, annotation, and versioning into short- and long-form digital publication. PubPub is home to over 400 communities, as well as distinctive works published by the MIT Press including the Journal of Design and Science, the Harvard Data Science Review, Frankenbook, and books from the Ideas series.
The KFG is incubating The Underlay, an open, distributed knowledge store architected to capture, connect, and archive publicly available knowledge and its provenance. The Underlay provides mechanisms for distilling the knowledge graph from openly available publications, along with the archival and access technology to make the data and content hosted on PubPub available to other platforms.
In addition, the KFG offers a convening forum for the local open knowledge community and will host occasional workshops to share developments on internal and external projects.