An exploration of peer production

Tapping into the crowd is an undoubted phenomenon.  What is equally unquestionable however is how far some organisations have gone down tpeerproductionhat road compared to others.  Wikipedia are a classic example of an organisation that have evolved around the crowd, whilst the open source movement are another champion of the full immersion approach.

A new paper explores the various facets of what it calls the peer production movement.  It looks in particular at three areas of peer production:

  1. How peer production is organised
  2. What motivates participants
  3. How quality is maintained

The paper provides a nice introduction to this concept for those that are unfamiliar with it, and whilst unlikely to do any more than that, is nevertheless useful for those without a background in the topic.

Check it out here.


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