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From virtual communities to project-driven mediated collectives. A comparison of Debian, Wikipedia and the Open Directory Project
Lejeune, Christophe[Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB > Centre de recherche en information et communication > > >]
Collaborative Search and Communities of Interest. Trends in Knowledge Sharing and Assessment
United States of America
[en] Virtual Community ; Mediated Collective ; Free Software ; Wikipedia ; Debian ; Linux ; Open Directory Project
[en] The lay notion of a virtual community is not satisfactory as, strictly speaking, depicted phenomena (Internet-coordinated collectives) are neither communitarian nor virtual. Moreover, the idiom embraces too wide a range of situations. For these reasons, we propose the narrower notion of mediated collectives. Previous ethnographies of Debian, Open Directory and Wikipedia help to define the notion based on empirical observation.
This chapter appears in "Collaborative Search and Communities of Interest. Trends in Knowledge Sharing and Assessment" edited by Pascal Francq. Copyright 2011, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.