Translating Research into Online Tools to Increase Participation in Collaborative Communities


Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Harvard Law School campus Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor)

There is abundant research on commons-based Peer Production communities, from free/open source software and wikis to fablabs and even community gardens. Research shows how these communities, regardless of their type, follow a deeply unequal distribution of effort (the 1-9-90 rule). This fact frequently generates feelings of frustration and guilt among contributors and users.
How can we translate social research into evidence-based interventions to aid these communities? Which online tools would help reduce the invisible wall between contributors and users to facilitate participation? How can we ensure the tools we build respond to the communities' needs? 
Associate Professor Samer Hassan shares three years of research within the EU-funded project, aimed at translating social research into the building of online tools to increase the participation and sustainability of commons-based peer production communities. 

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Speaker: Samer Hassan, RCC Fellow in the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Sponsor: RCC, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

See also: RCC, Cambridge