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Limits of self-organization: peer production and "laws of quality"
Abstract People often implicitly ascribe the qualitPeople often implicitly ascribe the quality of peer production projects such as Project Gutenberg or Wikipedia to what the author calls "laws"? of quality. These are drawn from open source software development and it is not clear how applicable they are outside the realm of software. In this article, the author looks at examples from peer production projects to ask whether faith in these laws does not so much guarantee quality as hide the need for improvement. The author concludes that, given the bulk of these projects (52 million tracks in the Gracenote database, 1 million entries on the English Wikipedia site, 17,000 books on Project Gutenberg), sampling for quality is both difficult and tendentious. Clearly, the author's is not a scientific survey. Nor was his intention simply to find flaws. Rather, the author used these examples to try, however inadequately, to raise questions about the transferability of open source quality assurance to other domains. The author's underlying argument is that the social processes of open source software production may transfer to other fields of peer production, but, with regard to quality, software production remains a special case.oftware production remains a special case.
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Conclusion Project Gutenberg and Wikipedia are tremenProject Gutenberg and Wikipedia are tremendous achievements. That does not entitle them to a free pass. Both, because free, tend to get some of the condescending praise given a bake sale, where it’s deemed inappropriate to criticize the cakes that didn’t rise.e to criticize the cakes that didn’t rise.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url  +
Has author Paul Duguid +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Antecedents of quality + , Quality improvement processes +
Issue 10  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in First Monday +
Research design Conceptual  + , Content analysis  +
Research questions More useful answers might emerge by askingMore useful answers might emerge by asking, “What is it about peer production processes that assures quality?” I argue that two “laws” of quality, also borrowed from Open Source programming, explicitly or implicitly back up quality claims for peer production. It is important to understand the applicability, the strengths, and the limits of these laws.e strengths, and the limits of these laws.
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Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Limits of self-organization: peer production and "laws of quality"
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url  +
Volume 11  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2006  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:32  +
Categories Antecedents of quality  + , Quality improvement processes  + , Information science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:29:31  +
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