Action Items this Week
- Visit the forum and respond to the question for week 2 – discuss amongst yourselves;
- If you haven’t done so: Choose a journal article to review.
- Form your own groups and choose a topic that you will research, develop and present to the class later on in the term. Choose a topic and lock in your choice via the Group/Topic signup form.
- For our next class (22 October – No Lecture Next Week) please browse to http://www.fsf.org and explore the Free Software Foundation. What do they espouse? What are the principles behind ‘Free Software’? How is it different from Open Source Software?
Here is a copy of the lecture slide deck for 2 – 8 Oct 2015 Social Computing Collaboration.
We are exploring collaboration and how institutions are being disrupted by the way in which collaboration (whether in the enterprise, in society and on a global scale) is being enabled through the various aspects of Social Computing that our reading from last week identified. This isn’t a recent video, but I think it still holds very true and has not really lost in the interim in terms of the larger ideas he is exploring.
In class we took a look at: Clay Shirky – Institutions versus Collabouration (2005)
You may also want to take a look at: Clay Shirky – ‘How the Intenet will (one day) Change the Government‘ (2013)
Clay Shirky’s work focuses on the rising usefulness of networks — using decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer sharing, wireless, software for social creation, and open-source development. New technologies are enabling new kinds of cooperative structures to flourish as a way of getting things done in business, science, the arts and elsewhere, as an alternative to centralized and institutional structures, which he sees as self-limiting. In his writings and speeches he has argued that “a group is its own worst enemy.”
For our next lecture please take a browse of :
http://www.fsf.org and explore the Free Software Foundation. What do they espouse? What are the principles behind ‘Free Software’? How is it different from Open Source Software? You have two weeks on this one so explore about a bit. What else has been written about the FSF? What is your own conceptualisation of Open Source?
‘What’s Ireland up to when it comes to Social Computing? Anyone involved with some success stories? Any apparent strengths that make Ireland ripe for success?’ Is Ireland by nature a collaborative national community?’