OpenCan is a codename for a knowledge and information collection, organization and dissemination platform experiment responding to the lack of verifiable and credible truth claims made in public discourse. Initially, OpenCan will focus on truth claims made in Canadian public discourse, through Canadian News Media about National Canadian Political Issues.
OpenCan aims to provide definitive answers confirming or confuting truth claims by collecting hard evidence surrounding the claim, organizing the evidence into an approachable and searchable format, and then locating a brief summary and “answer” to the claim to introduce the references and sources of the evidence.
I feel that this kind of format fills a gaping hole in contemporary journalism. Too frequently is news media used as a mouthpiece for polarized arguments from varied political spokespeople where little or no attempt is made on the part of the media outlet to investigate and confirm or confute such arguments in an attempt to convey the truth.