The Economics of Open Source Networks

TitleThe Economics of Open Source Networks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsIannaci, F
Date PublishedOctober

The open-source movement is becoming an overarching feature of knowledgecreating environments and this research investigates the mechanisms whereby such a model comes into existence. Far from being the result of gifts of anonymous benefactors, the open-source model is the outcome of a conveyance of informative, valuative and incitive signals that larger sets of potential contributors construe in a subjective fashion. This study challenges the gift-economy metaphor and cautions the argument that open-source software is a reliable and generally applicable model for the forthcoming digital age.

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