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Inventaire Self-hosted

Self-hosted book inventories that share the wikidata-powered bibliographic database

The Inventaire Association supports and promotes the use of libre/free software and open knowledge to share information on resources. This ideal results in inventaire.io: a libre book sharing webapp, inviting everyone to make the inventory of their physical books, say what they want to do with it (giving, sharing, selling) and who may see it (friends, groups, or everyone). To provide data on books, inventaire.io reuses, extends, and facilitate contribution to wikidata.org. This allows users to build their inventories on top of a huge open multilingual knowledge graph, connected to Wikipedia, national libraries, the fediverse, and many other resources.

As the inventaire software becomes more mature, it is now time to deliver on a promise made years ago: decentralization. Installing and maintaining a self-hosted data-federated inventaire server should soon be as easy as (cyber-)cake! This would allow association libraries, privacy-concerned collectives, or anyone preferring self-hosting, to run their own instance: they would fully control their inventory data ("We have this book"), while still having the possibility to benefit from a mutualized bibliographic database ("This author wrote this book").

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.