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

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