Athens — A Collective Brain

Last Week Athens announced the change of vision.

This is really cool since their new vision is very close to Fibery. They formulate it as

Building a Collective Brain

I think it is broader than what we are targeting with Fibery. We formulate it as

Building a Second Brain for Teams

Overall Athens wording is more elegant, but it seems they are thinking about the second internet, social networks, and this kind of stuff, while Fibery is more humble and targets teams and organizations.

Athens use cases and features are not very clear so far, here is what they wrote:

What about comments and suggestions like in Google Docs, but addressable and referenceable? What about forking, branching, and merging like in GitHub, but with your documents and conversations? What about cross-graph references ?!? There is so much design and engineering we can do to make collaborative knowledge graphs possible and powerful.

Interestingly, they are thinking about structured info as well:

to bring structured data and ontologies to Athens.

In Fibery we have another problem, work with unstructured info better. So we are moving into the same direction using different roads.

I can’t say they are pioneering the CKM (Collective Knowledge Management) space, since there are many established products like Confluence and Notion. But they don’t focus on knowledge graphs, while Athens will.

This direction is new and I am really curious to see how they will move forward. It’s always great to have a competition in the new space, it somewhat validates the existence of this niche at least :slight_smile:

I think they did the right thing, since personal KM space is overcrowded already, while teams don’t have good tools at this moment. However, KM for teams is much harder to build.