New book: The Digital Potlatch

September 20, 2011

The Wikipedia Editor Survey 2011, published last April, emphasized the importance of explicit acknowledgement and recognition of effort among Wikipedia editors as an instrumental factor to sustaing and grow its community over the next years (page 4): Positive Reinforcement: Acknowledging the effort of editors is important to reverse the editor decline. It is a commonly […]


Open data sets in science

May 18, 2011

I have a question to challenge all my colleagues working with research data in Computer Science: When was the last time you could replicate a previous study, from other author(s)? For different reasons, over the past few months I have found myself diving into the rich collection of previous research works in several areas: Wikipedia […]

0 social guidelines for open communities

November 11, 2010

Some time ago, I read a paragraph on the book “Producing Open Source Software“, by Karl Fogel, explaining the need to write down conventions and agreements that have become essential for daily life in an open source community. In this way, people joining your community at a later point can quickly grasp its folklore and […]


Seamless support for open content

November 2, 2010

Over the past 4 years, I’ve been an avid consumer of open content, mainly images and text licensed under CC-BY-SA (my favourite license ever). 90% of times, I collect it to prepare slides and other learning materials for university courses, training sessions, lectures or conferences (the other 10% is just for fun, since I love […]


A business model for Creative Commons

August 10, 2010

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization aimed  to promote the CC licenses around the world, thus generating positive awareness and impact on the global issue of knowledge share. Joi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons, reflects this vision in an interview for TechRadar. This interview got my attention, and triggered this post. How to build a […]