OpenSym Poster: How much are digital platforms based on open collaboration?

2018-08-27T11:32:11Z (GMT) by Mayo Fuster Morell
<div>From the early cases of FLOSS and Wikipedia, the digital collaborative model</div><div>of production and consumption has rapidly expanded to other spheres. This</div><div>article explores to what extent this expansion has maintained the open</div><div>character of the initial model, specifically the extent to which platform</div><div>projects follow an open collaborative approach in their technological and</div><div>knowledge policies and practices, and if this is also reflected in an open</div><div>approach to governance. The empirical analysis is based on a sample of 100</div><div>cases in Barcelona. On the basis of this analysis, we conclude that open</div><div>modalities of collaborative digital platforms are not prevalent. Around a third</div><div>of the sample present open modalities of the dimensions analyzed. Different</div><div>areas —technological, knowledge, or governance— showed different levels</div><div>of diffusion of open practices. The cases which tended to be open in one</div><div>dimension also tended to be open in the other dimensions. That is, the</div><div>analysis points to a correlation between technological, data, and knowledge</div><div>policies and open and democratic collaborative economy models. These</div><div>results suggest the importance of open technology and knowledge in</div><div>adopting an open and democratic collaborative model.</div>