How open-source collaboration methods may point to ways of solving global problems that need global innovation

2011-06-28 by

UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy hosted a talk by Charles M. Schweik of UMass-Amherst, describing a new book he’s co-authoring, called “Understanding Collaboration in the Internet Era: A Study of Open Source Software Commons,” to be published by MIT Press in Spring 2012.

His fundamental question was about how we teach each other and learn from each other, and whether the way that open-source software development collaborators work out problems might transport over to solving big, global issues.

His finding: successful software projects launch with one or two developers, maybe add one more developer along the way (so big teams are not important). Significantly, however, often one partner in the project is from another continent.

Schweik supposes that Internet tools like IM and Skype, etc., allow like-minded individuals to find each other (where ever they are on the globe) and collaborate effectively. He believes this has strong implications for solving global problems. Find useful links to the project below the podcast.

This talk was recorded June 27, 2011.

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For More Information:

Success and Abandonment in Open Source Commons
A paper describing his work
Charles Schweik
Bio page at University of Massachusetts-Amherst
UAA's Jim Murphy
Colleague who hosted Schweik; links to Murphy's work
CBPP's Economics Department
Department details
Economics Dept Facebook page
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