Timeline of Consumerium

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This is one and incomplete timeline of the Consumerium effort.

Another is at Troll Timeline and MediaWiki article has a timeline of MW developments.



Information on w:Bluetooth and some other factors sparked the idea of Consumerium in the Lowest Troll's head.


Greenpeace word mark

Greenpeace gets it independently: Consumerium buying signal idea of green light for good products appears at act.greenpeace.org - lookup by barcodes.


2002 highlights

  • Kalle Hallivuori sponsors the domain name Consumerium.org at Gandi.net and hosting at Pingviini.net after meeting Juho and hearing his raves about a future of consumism and browsing the handout the Lowest Troll had prepared just in case meet nice technically adept people:
  • Consumerium.org online (!) and first plan-of-intent of Consumerium in Finnish and English released.

2002 elsewhere

Adbusters begins discussing its Greenscan service - also based on barcodes. Neither Adbusters nor Greenpeace has proposed an architecture for delivery.


January. Juho gets an internet connection :)

Finnish version scrapped. Too much hassle.

Copylefted everything in 2004 as I have no hidden ulterior motive.
  • 2003-03-10 Consumerium gets Wikified and GFDL'd (see: old articles for most of the original articles copied from the old site.)
  • 2003-03-15 First GPL'd DTDs released
  • 2003-06-08 Preparations for getting registered in Sourceforge get underway.
  • 2003-07-03 Added SA8000 certification to Indicators of ethical aspects and social responsibility of Features
  • 2003-10-13 Majority of TCE implementation moved to be the responsibility of The Opinion Wiki

2003 highlights

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Outside facing pages of a 2003 printed A6 leaflet, which I made for the November 2003 trip to the European Social Forum in Paris.
Inside facing pages of a 2003 printed A6 leaflet,


See Consumerium anticipated roll-out for planned future events and known scheduled events. Don't take those as seriously as you take the above!

  • By 2004-09-09 Main Page reaches 10.000 views and number of articles exceeds 1.000 unfortunately mostly due to some active participants diverging into useless wordplay and other activities which are not part of the main goal of this wiki
  • 2004-11-2 Nokia announces NFC enabled phone covers for Nokia 3220 (available 1st quarter 2005 in Europe and 2nd quarter 2005 in Americas and Asia

2004 highlights

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2005 highlights

2005 elsewhere

  • UCC requires that by January 1, 2005 all retail scanning systems in the US must be able to accept EAN-13

2005 lowlights

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The DBpedia.org logo
  • Switching from Escapebox.net's nice Semi-Managed FreeBSD in Germany to a w:Fedora Core (v5 lol) GNU/Linux at Kotisivut.com to have newer versions of stuff.

2007 highlights

  • DBpedia, a pioneer in formalizing information from Wikipedia and other wikis comes online


2008 highlights





2012 highlights

2012 elsewhere

Open Food Facts is founded by Stéphane Gigandet in France. OFF clearly and conscientiously stays clear of anything political.

Open Food Facts (.org), a crowdsourced non-profit open database, web app and mobile apps of food products initiated in 2012 by French programmer Stéphane Gigandet. It is limited to foodstuffs only by the contract, others will be removed and clearly seeks not to be political.

The database is copylefted under w:Open Database License, database entries under Database Contents License and the uploaded photos under CC-BY-3.0 Creative Commons so the database and the photos can be reused in other services so it would seem a good place to contribute as open data is available in various formats.

2012 confusion

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2013 highlights

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and other sources.


To be constructed from User:Juboxi/Blog/2014 and other sources.


To be constructed from User:Juboxi/Blog/2015 and other sources.


A hybrid bilingual (English & Finnish) card from 2016 marketing both Consumerium.org and d.consumium.org (the free social media spin-off diaspora* pod). The w:QR code contains a link to a valid URL kuluttajien.yhteinen.asia which currently redirects to kuluttajisto.consumerium.org. This marketing domain kuluttajien.yhteinen asia is a wordplay in Finnish fi."kuluttajien" == en."of consumers" fi."yhteinen" == en."joint, common" fi."asia" == en."cause, matter, thing" You can find the other .yhteinen.asia Consumerium.org marketing redirecting subdomains at start of the Consumerium:Executive summary.

Consumerium-y going-ons in 2016

  • Consumium free social grew to a quartet in the spring of 2016 with the addition of Hubzilla, Friendica and GNU social.
  • Wikimedia Commons was activated on Saturday 2016-09-10 as a media source. Dig in.

Lowest Troll's blog for year 2016




Open Food Facts (.org) is a strictly non-political effort to chart out our nutrition. Logo from Wikimedia Commons, licensed CC-BY-SA.


The new bilingual (English && Finnish) A6 cards for Consumerium.org arrived in July 2020.