A case study of open source and public participation in catalyzing social innovations

Helen K. Liu, Jodi R Sandfort

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Abstract

Our study investigates the use of a new open source platform in catalyzing social innovations and participation of its members over time. We empirically examined how the nature of project designs and social pressure affect contribution to the open source platform. In the twenty-one projects (3,998 contributions) from 2004 to 2009, we find that the average number of contributions is higher when the projects are highly visible, when the project is designed to require specific skills from participants, and when it requires outcome measurement from participants' proposals. Also, we verified that actors join collective action when they believe their contribution is meaningful and they would stop when they believe their contribution could be marginal. These results provide implications for open source platform design in the philanthropic sector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2010 International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2010
Pages428-431
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 28 2010
Event2010 International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2010 - Odense, Denmark
Duration: Aug 9 2010Aug 11 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2010 International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2010

Other

Other2010 International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2010
CountryDenmark
CityOdense
Period8/9/108/11/10

Keywords

  • Open source
  • Social innovation
  • Social network analysis

Cite this

Liu, H. K., & Sandfort, J. R. (2010). A case study of open source and public participation in catalyzing social innovations. In Proceedings - 2010 International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2010 (pp. 428-431). [5563066] (Proceedings - 2010 International Conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/ASONAM.2010.76