Supporting Collaborative Deliberation Using a Large-Scale Argumentation System: The Mit Collaboratorium

10 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2008  

Mark Klein

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Luca Iandoli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 20, 2008

Abstract

Current open-source/peer-production technologies, such as forums, wikis and blogs, have enabled an unprecedented explosion of global knowledge sharing, but appear to be less successful at enabling collaborative deliberation (i.e. the systematic enumeration, analysis, and selection of solution alternatives) around the complex systemic challenges, such as climate change, now facing humankind. In this paper, we present a new kind of collaboration platform, based on the large-scale application of argumentation theory, aimed at addressing this weakness. We present its rationale and design, as well as preliminary results obtained from a field test with a moderate-sized (220 member) user community.

Keywords: MIT Collaboratorium, collaborative deliberation, peer-production

Suggested Citation

Klein, Mark and Iandoli, Luca, Supporting Collaborative Deliberation Using a Large-Scale Argumentation System: The Mit Collaboratorium (February 20, 2008). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4691-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1099082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1099082

Mark Klein (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02142
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617-253-6796 (Phone)

Luca Iandoli

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