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My presentation of our research on the OpenSim Community at the NVWN Innovation through Virtual Worlds Seminar in Second Life in February 2012.

My presentation of our research on the OpenSim Community at the NVWN Innovation through Virtual Worlds Seminar in Second Life in February 2012.

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  • somehow I feel your review a bit... oversimplified. Open/free vs Closed/private is too binary, oversimplified and static. And then 'community as asset' -- why not to mark 'free' natural resources as assets... well, other quotes ain't much better. Isn't it? There were other thoughts, less developed - pity you won't popup around Helsinki any time soon to discuss. Your previous presentations at NoHo had been much better.
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Sustainability of the OpenSim Community Sustainability of the OpenSim Community Presentation Transcript

  • SETTING THE STAGE --- EXPLORING ACTOR ROLES FOR PRIVATE- COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH-IN-PROGRESS Robin Teigland Paul M. Di GangiStockholm School of Economics Loyola University Maryland Zeynep Yetis Stockholm School of Economics February 2012
  • OverviewIntroduction & Research QuestionsResearch Setting & MethodologyPreliminary ResultsQuestions & Answers Thank You!
  • Models of Knowledge Creation E.g., Microsoft ~ Built by employees within organizational boundariesThe Firm vs The Collective E.g., Linux ~ Built by users and distributed freely regardless of affiliation
  • “Open source” communitiesexpanding into complex, physical goods
  • Private-collective Community (von Hippel & von Krogh 2003) Community and firm share experiences and knowledge to co-create value Community is a complementaryasset to be leveraged and combined with firm’s internal assets to deliver competitive solutions (Dahlander & Wallin 2006)
  • But there’s an inherent tension... Collective Model Openness and free distribution of intellectual ideas for common or public good VS Private Model Distribution of returnsand delegation of value creation solely to organization
  • Our Primary Research PurposeHow do private-collective communities sustain themselves despite the challenges that the tension produces?
  • Underlying Research Questions (RQ1) What are the resources necessary to sustain a private-collective community? (RQ2) Who are the stakeholders of a private- collective community and what resources do they contribute to the community? (RQ3) What characterizes the structure amongthe different stakeholders of a private-collective community?
  • Data Collection for 2007-20091) Developers Mailing List2) Ohloh Commit List3) OpenSim Wiki4) Blogs, homepages, etc.5) Interviews
  • (RQ1) What are the resources necessary to sustain a private-collective community?
  • (RQ2) Who are the stakeholders of a private- collective community and what resources do they contribute to the community? Academic Entrepreneur Hobbyist Large firm Other SME# messages on OpenSim Academic EntrepreneurDevelopers Mailing List Hobbyist (2007-2009) Large firm Other SME # people making commits on OpenSim Ohloh (2007-2009)
  • (RQ3) What characterizes the structure among the different stakeholders of a private- collective community? Not-for-profit Large Firms Local SME public Entrepreneurs Academics Federal public Hobbyist Research Institute
  • (RQ3) What characterizes the structure among the different stakeholders of a private- collective community?
  • A tightly knit community driven primarily by entrepreneurs Academic Entrepreneur Hobbyist Large Firm Non-profit Local Public Federal Pub Research Inst SME Employee Periphery
  • Next StepsCollect and analyze data 2009-2011 Conduct further interviews of OpenSim stakeholders Present at Sunbelt XXXII