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Incentives to Contribute in Online Collaboration: Wikipedia as Collective Action
Abstract Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia createWikipedia is an online encyclopedia created by volunteers, and is an example of how developments in software platforms and the low cost of sharing and coordinating on the Internet are leading to a new paradigm of creative collaboration on a massive scale. The research presented here addresses the questions of why individuals choose to give away their time and effort and how the challenges associated with collective action are addressed by Wikipedia’s technologies, organization, and community. Interviews with editors of the encyclopedia were used to identify what personal gains and other motivations compel contributors, what challenges to collaboration exist, and what technological and social structures aid their ability to create a freely available repository of human knowledge. The paper suggests that the free encyclopedia is at once both a traditional instance of collective action requiring coordination and strong incentives and an instance of networked public goods that result through boundary crossing made possibly through extremely low barriers to sharing.through extremely low barriers to sharing.
Abstractsub Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia createWikipedia is an online encyclopedia created by volunteers, and is an example of how developments in software platforms and the low cost of sharing and coordinating on the Internet are leading to a new paradigm of creative collaboration on a massive scale. The research presented here addresses the questions of why individuals choose to give away their time and effort and how the challenges associated with collective action are addressed by Wikipedia’s technologies, organization, and community. Interviews with editors of the encyclopedia were used to identify what personal gains and other motivations compel contributors, what challenges to collaboration exist, and what technological and social structures aid their ability to create a freely available repository of human knowledge. The paper suggests that the free encyclopedia is at once both a traditional instance of collective action requiring coordination and strong incentives and an instance of networked public goods that result through boundary crossing made possibly through extremely low barriers to sharing.through extremely low barriers to sharing.
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Has author Benjamin K. Johnson +
Has keyword Collective action + , Motivation + , Coordination + , Incentive +
Has remote mirror http://asurams.edu/coah/EngLangMass/faculty/bjohnson/Incentives_to_Contribute.pdf  +
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Published in International Communication Association, 58th Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec +
Title Incentives to Contribute in Online Collaboration: Wikipedia as Collective Action +
Type conference paper  +
Year 2008 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 20 September 2014 16:27:06  +
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