Why did Wikipedia succeed in attracting contributors while other projects did so less effectively? Why are some attempts at online collective action successful while most never take off? In this talk Benjamin Mako Hill — a researcher and PhD Candidate in a joint program between the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Media Lab, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media — presents preliminary findings from an analysis of 8 early projects to create online collaborative encyclopedias in the form of interviews of the projects' founders and extensive archival data.
The Cooperation Group is an interdisciplinary community of scholars studying networked cooperation. Our current activities include a variety of empirical research projects on online collaboration, as well as a weekly meeting in which we present and discuss research on cooperation from a variety of academic disciplines.