Peer Production, Collective Intelligence, and Open Communities:Issues for Researchers and Educators was a webinar hosted on April 23, 2013 by the Association of Information Systems.
Speakers: Matt Germonprez, Joseph Feller, and Kevin Crowston
Facilitators: Mark Srite and Aretha Wright
Shared here with permission of AIS, speakers and facilitators.
Peer production and collective intelligence phenomena (such as open source software, collaborative filtering/tagging, open courseware, collaborative authorship of wikis, crowdsourcing and social media) all richly demonstrate the interconnected technological, legal and social mechanisms involved when “open communities” engage in massively distributed, parallel innovation and collaboration activities. Just as the industrial community has had to react and adapt to these increasingly ubiquitous open phenomena, the academic community must also consider the challenges openness creates. These include both (1) the theoretical and methodological challenges we must meet in order to understand openness and (2) the impact of “openness” how we research, teach, disseminate knowledge, educate and collaborate with students and colleagues. In particular, where we once considered systems in structured controlled, and top-down ways, we now find ourselves considering systems in grassroots, emergent, and open forms. In response, our practices of education and research must respond in an effort to become a part of this new landscape. In this AIS Webinar, we present various perspectives on how we can accommodate peer production, collective intelligence, and open communities in the advancement of our pedagogical and research–oriented careers.