Institutional Web Management Workshop 2005: Whose Web Is It Anyway?
Workshop Session

Workshop Session A5: "Community Building - Open Source and Open Content"

This page provides details for the workshop session on "Community Building - Open Source and Open Content".

Community Building - Open Source and Open Content
Randy Metcalfe, Universiy of Oxford
Successful open source projects tend to build substantial communities of users and developers. These communities are often facilitated by collaborative software perhaps best exemplified by SourceForge. Open content sites such as Wikipedia also generate substantial communities of user/developers. Here the remarkably low barrier to becoming a contributor helps create a related kind of community. This workshop explores key features of community development in the open source and open content world. It considers how these could be put to use by institutional Web sites.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the session participants will:
  • Be aware of key features of community development
  • Have an understanding of some of the differences between open source and open content communities
  • Have reflected upon what learning points are transferable to the institutional Web environment
Room Requirements:
PC and data projector.
Conference Room 3A (capacity 14/25). See venue details.
This session took place from 16:00-17:30 on Wednesday 6th July 2005.
Contact Details
Randy Metcalfe
Research Technologies Service
Oxford University
13 Banbury Road

Phone: +44 1865 283 416
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Last modified: 31st May 2005