# Libre knowledge definition

Libre Knowledge (aka free 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 the work (unchanged or modified) for the benefit of the community.

Representations of libre knowledge must be conveniently accessible for modification and sharing. For example, accessible, editable and deployable using libre software and libre 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 own needs

(2) make and distribute copies, in whole or in part

(3) enhance and/or extend the work and share the result.

A knowledge resource may be considered libre if users have all of these freedoms.

Freedoms 1 and 3 require the resource to be in a libre file format and be fully editable and deployable with libre software as defined by the Free Software Foundation.

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