You should read Steve Mallett's discussion on Applying Distributed XML to The Open Source Paradigm Shift. In Steve's words:
Herein I propose a possible solution to insuring the freedom to innovate and improve as we do with open source software as it may apply to the Open Source Paradigm Shift.
If you haven't already, you might want to read Tim O'Reilly's Open Source Paradigm Shift first.
Steve keeps up with all things open source, and I think he has made a very good case for keeping information distributed. As I vaguely referenced in my previous blog entry, I think we are standing at the edge of a new era of innovation. Creative thinkers are sure to be rewarded.