Date archives "August 2008"

Eric Hunting on P2P architecture (4): the maker movement and the quest for an open industrial infrastructure

Eric Hunting: Now, imagine if you could do something like this for a very large variety of artifacts and technologies. This is what I was planning for the Open Source Everything Project. The idea here isn’t just to invent and disseminate a collection of open source artifact designs. The idea is to create an organized… Continue reading

The governance of sponsored open source projects and their communities

We continue our processing of a number of key research papers on the realities of peer governance in open source software communities. This one here is really important: The Role of Participation Architecture in Growing Sponsored Open Source Communities. By Joel West (San Jose State University College of Business) and Siobhán O’Mahony (UC Davis Graduate… Continue reading

Key arguments for sharing designs

Found this overview of key arguments at the Shared Design Alliance: “Placing design information in the public domain has the following benefits: 1. Lowers Entry Barriers by Providing a Platform for Low-Cost Experimentation. The success of Google is based on two shared designs. The first was the published design of the IBM compatible personal computer,… Continue reading

Why Open Source development models may not be optimal for systemic innovation

This continues our theme on Modularity, taken from the article, Of Hackers and Hairdressers. In the referenced article, Langlois and Garzarelli make a very important point, after having distinguished modular systems (where parts can be developed independently of the whole), from integral systems. In some cases, a part is so tightly integrated into the whole,… Continue reading

The issue of interoperability in 3D architectural design

Studio Wikitecture is an open group, composed of a diverse range of individuals from varying disciplines, interested in exploring the application of a open-source paradigm to the design and production of both real and virtual architecture and urban planning. Amongst their projects is an award-winning 3D Wiki multiple-author 3D-urban project. They have launched an important… Continue reading

Eric Hunting on P2P Architecture (3): Plug-in approaches and the soft-high tech divide

The third part of our interview on p2p architecture. Eric is still responding to the following multiple-thread question: “do you have any ideas about a possible integration of what you call the soft-tech (if not anti-tech) sensibility of the ecovillage movement, and the more pro-high tech approaches, such as you mention, and I have also… Continue reading

Modularity in Open Source

We have a general treatment of modularity in our wiki, which discusses modularity in the context of industry and culture. Here, we continue our processing of a number of important essays on peer governance in open source communities, and specifically, the following essay: Of Hackers and Hairdressers: Modularity and the Organizational Economics of Open-source Collaboration…. Continue reading

Protective mechanisms in the peer governance of open source communities

We continue our examination of a series of research papers on the governance of open source communities. This is from the article: Guarding the commons: how community managed software projects protect their work. Research Policy 32 (2003) 1179–1198. By Siobhán O’Mahony. Item 3 to 7 in the overview of tactics below shows the institutional strategies… Continue reading

Reinventing the Sacred – Stuart Kauffman

Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion Stuart A. Kauffman 2008, Basic Books There are some books that do not fade after the first encounter. They do not let go of the mind, instead re-surfacing again and again, because they communicate something fundamental, something vital, with the potential to change an… Continue reading

Interviews with open, p2p, and commons luminaries

Are you aware of our growing directory of interviews that are available in textual format, i.e. either for-print interviews or transcripts of audio or video interviews? Catch them here at (or do you rather listen and watch than read?) Bio details are also available. Overview: A * Adam Greenfield on Everyware and Ubiquitous Computing… Continue reading