[Humanist] 24.555 open source vs social software

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  [1]   From:    Ryan Deschamps <ryan.deschamps at gmail.com>                 (21)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.551 open source vs social software

  [2]   From:    Elijah Meeks <emeeks at stanford.edu>                        (12)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.551 open source vs social software


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        Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 12:13:32 -0400
        From: Ryan Deschamps <ryan.deschamps at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.551 open source vs social software
        In-Reply-To: <20101205110608.96F51B0BC4 at woodward.joyent.us>


>
> Social software may be loosely defined as web applications that allow
> people
> to network, share and publish their own information.
>
> Open Source is any software the code of which under specific licensing may
> be freely read and in many cases reused by other developers.
>
> The three can live very well next to each other, not even touching, as it
> were. They also can build upon each other, sure. But they are quite clearly
> defined and very much separate distinctions. And honestly, I feel that any
> redefinition would not be really up to the realm of digital humanities.
>

The degree of confusion over the term(s) seem rife for some research on its own.

To start, the terms 'crowd source' and 'open source' use different contexts
for the word 'source' (the former to mean 'origin of' and the latter to mean
'source code') but are both related because wikis often use open source
software, similar-to-open-source licensing for content (ie. Creative
Commons) and are created through 'crowd-sourcing' itself.

Ryan Deschamps.



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        Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 09:41:50 -0800 (PST)
        From: Elijah Meeks <emeeks at stanford.edu>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.551 open source vs social software
        In-Reply-To: <20101205110608.96F51B0BC4 at woodward.joyent.us>

Joris,

I think you'd do well to read Yochai Benkler's "Coase's Penguin" and "The Wealth of Networks" where you'll find a very compelling definition of commons-based peer collaboration that includes open source projects and Web 2.0 projects.  Also, I think that the ability of users to easily contribute to web content through the lowering of barriers to entry is a much more suitable definition of Web 2.0 than AJAX.

Elijah Meeks
http://dhs.stanford.edu
Digital Humanities Specialist
Academic Computing Services
Stanford University
emeeks at stanford.edu
(650)387-6170


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