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Continuity of the Commons in Open Source Communities

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Van Wendel de Joode, Ruben
Conference: Symposium of Santa Caterina on Challenges in the Internet and Interdisciplinary Research
Location: Amalfi, Italy
Conf. Date: January 29-February 1, 2004
Date: 2003
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1342
Sector: Information & Knowledge
New Commons
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Subject(s): Internet
new commons
information technology
open access
design principles
conflict resolution
Abstract: "This article focuses on the question: given that volunteers are motivated to participate in open source software development (e.g. Markus, 2000 #192; Lakhani, 2000 #198), what mechanisms are present to coordinate their invested time and effort and ensure continuity of software? "Elinor Ostrom (1990) identifies eight design principles, e.g. the presence of conflict resolution mechanisms and collective choice arrangements, that explain how individuals in communities ensure the continuity of depletable resources, like fishing grounds and grazing fields. This article provides a first discussion of the mechanisms that institutionalize these principles in open source communities."

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