By Mayo Fuster, researcher, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3-UOC).
Head of the P2PValue project and faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Mayo Fuster relies on recent data to support her reflections on the main question of this blog. According to her, peer production has still issues to address — for instance, it is not coping very well with gender equity —, but above all the success of the model, which now encompasses more than 30 areas of activity, relies on its increased efficiency. Get Fuster’s complete reflections on the topic in the short video below. Her contribution was recorded at the Ouishare Fest Barcelona event.
By Derrick de Kerckhove, professor, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, and IN3 visiting professor.
Talking about peer production is talking about connectivity, in the way peers connect to work together for a common purpose. When asked about the main question of this blog, Derrick de Kerckhove refers to the “connected intelligence”, a term he coined with the idea of emphasising the power of the networks ― real or virtual ― in which every member of the connection matters. Check out his reflections in the short video below.
By Pep Adrian, wikipedian in residence at the UOC.
Wikipedia has been said to be the largest commons-based peer production project in the world. Since its creation in 2001 it has been edited and reviewed billions of times. It has long achieved the goal to be the greatest encyclopedia even written, and aims to be the sum of all human knowledge.
When explaining Wikipedia to non-editors we always face the same question: Is it reliable? And sometimes we are tempted to answer quite straightforwardly: No. It is not and never will be. However we must concede that this is not a good way to present oneself and must keep on explaining.
By Eduard Aibar, associate professor and researcher, UOC-IN3
Science has often been described by many sociologists as a collective enterprise. Most scientific research is done in collaboration, and collaboration can even involve thousands of scientists — as in the case of the Large Hadron Collider experiments. The standard publication system of science is based on colleagues’ collaboration and evaluation through the peer-review process.