Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Listphile is a powerful tool for organizing and collaborating information around a structured format. Call it a database tool for lists. Listphile was borne of curiosity, and the belief that we learn more effectively when people have a framework for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

The intention of Listphile was to have it used in ambitious and open ways: make a publicly shared database of all players in a sports team but that it could also be used for humanitarian purposes: to create a list of journalists who are currently imprisoned, or a list of peace treaties. Listphile can just as easily be used to document vintage Nike sneakers, or to create an Open Surf Atlas of all surf spots on the planet, or document all of the beers in the world.

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