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March 2, 2021

Funding of the nLab

Posted by David Corfield

The nLab was born out of conversations at the Café back in 2008. Over the past 12 years it has grown as a wiki to over 15000 pages.

For many years it was funded personally by Urs Schreiber, until in the last few years when it relied on a fund kindly provided by Steve Awodey.

But now we have new arrangements in place, and are looking to its users to help fund the nLab:

In 2021, the nLab will move to the cloud. To fund the running of the nLab in the cloud, we have decided to rely upon funding by donations. In the autumn of 2020, at the kind initiative of Brendan Fong, the nLab decided to collaborate with the Topos Institute for the practical side of this: the Topos Institute is legally able to handle donations, and the financing of the nLab will be handled by the Topos Institute. The Topos Institute owns the cloud account in which the nLab will be run.

Please do consider making a donation here.

Posted at March 2, 2021 7:38 AM UTC

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What’s the approximate annual cost of running the nnLab?

Posted by: Jamie Vicary on March 3, 2021 10:15 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Funding of the nLab

There’s a discussion here with some rough figures on costs going forward, under various assumptions.

Posted by: David Roberts on March 3, 2021 10:42 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Funding of the nLab

Donation sent. I’m not a heavy nLab user, but I do sometimes enjoy reading the articles there, and so I’m happy to make a donation.

Posted by: Kevin Walker on March 4, 2021 4:42 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Funding of the nLab

Finances are now looking good! Here is Richard Williamson’s report.

Thanks to all the donors.

Posted by: David Corfield on March 11, 2021 7:37 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Funding of the nLab

Of course, we could also use more donors of their expertise to work on content.

Posted by: David Corfield on March 11, 2021 7:40 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Funding of the nLab

The migration of the nnLab is afoot, thanks to Richard Williamson. You’ll notice impaired functionality for a time, including the ability to edit pages. On the other hand, the rendering speed has improved noticeably.

For discussion of the migration, see here.

Posted by: David Corfield on January 3, 2022 10:22 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

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