“Open Source” and “Collaborative Production” are important concepts for understanding new information technologies and their relation to social networks. For our purposes, we can understand these as closely related terms describing social arrangements through which groups of people work together in order to create something.
The term open source is often used to refer to a method for creating and improving software, but has been applied more broadly to any kind of collaborative production process that attempts to keep restrictions on participation as limited as possible.
Today we will have a quick introduction to these concepts and we will look at one of the best-known examples of online collaborative production, Wikipedia.
For next week, please:
- Read the Wikipedia article on Open Source;
- Read the Wikipedia article on Wikis;
- Create a Wikipedia account;
- And by Monday, create an account on Wetpaint.