Debate About the Concept of Value in Commons-Based Peer Production

F. Bagnoli et al. (Eds.): INSCI 2016, LNCS 9934, pp. 27-41, 2016

Posted: 4 Oct 2016  

Mayo Fuster Morell

Open University of Catalunya - IN3; Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona; Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia)

Marco Berlinguer

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

We describe a new model of collaborative production called Commons-based peer production (CBPP). This model is frequently supported by digital platforms characterized by peer to peer relationships, resulting in the provision of common resources. Traditionally, it is associated with cases such as Wikipedia or Free Software, but we have recently observed an expansion into other areas. On the basis of an extensive empirical work, we enquired - How does CBPP apply value? and How does value creation function in CBPP? We present an updated version of the meaning of value and sustain the relevance of this debate. After that, we propose how to measure value. We formulate what we call internal and external indicators of value. The first are linked to the internal performance of the CBPP and the second relates to its social value and reputation. Finally we highlight the main features of value that we identified and discuss the limits that we found developing and implementing the proposed diversity indicators.

Keywords: Crowd Sourcing, Commons-Based Peer Production, Collaborative Economy, Peer-To-Peer Production, Value production

Suggested Citation

Fuster Morell, Mayo and Salcedo Maldonado, Jorge Luis and Berlinguer, Marco, Debate About the Concept of Value in Commons-Based Peer Production (2016). F. Bagnoli et al. (Eds.): INSCI 2016, LNCS 9934, pp. 27-41, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842537

Mayo Fuster Morell (Contact Author)

Open University of Catalunya - IN3 ( email )

Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia (Edifici B3)
Barcelona, CA Barcelona 08860
Spain
+34 93 450 52 00 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uoc.edu/portal/en/in3/recerca/grups/digital_commons

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://cyber.harvard.edu/people/mfustermorell

Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain, Barcelona 08193
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://uab.academia.edu/JorgeLuisSalcedoMaldonado

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) ( email )

Tibidabo Av. 39-43
08035 Barcelona, Barcelona 08035
Spain

Marco Berlinguer

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

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