[Imports] Fwd: Scientific paper on "Information Seeding"

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Tue Jul 3 19:45:37 UTC 2018

Thanks for this follow up. I had not read that paper yet but had seen it had come out. I am familiar with Abhishek's other research and will be looking forward to sharing my take on it.
  Martijn van Exel
  m at rtijn.org

On Tue, Jul 3, 2018, at 11:46, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> Hi,
> this (forwarded message belor) is for Martijn who in another thread
> asked if I knew of any research that would back up by claim that "large
> imports are often detrimental to community building". I believe the
> author had also presented at SotM-US last year.
> Of course in addition to this diligent scientific research, there's also
> the theoretical models and discussions in
> http://www.asklater.com/matt/blog/2009/09/06/imports-and-the-community/
> and the follow-on post, though these are hardly news!
> I've posted this in a separate thread in order not to further upset
> Christoph ;)
> Bye
> Frederik
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: Scientific paper on "Information Seeding"
> Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 23:10:13 +0200
> From: Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>
> To: Talk Openstreetmap <talk at openstreetmap.org>
> Hi,
> today I was pointed to a recent, open-access scientific paper called
> "Information Seeding and Knowledge Production in Online Communities:
> Evidence from OpenStreetMap". This open-access paper is available here
> https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3044581
> In the context of armchair mapping, but especially of data imports (and
> recently, machine-generated OSM data) there's always been the discussion
> between those who say "careful, too much importing will hurt the growth
> of a local community", and others who say "this import is going to
> kick-start a local community, let's do it!"
> Until now this has been a rather un-proven matter of belief, and the
> general mood is usually in favour of a quick build-up of data (through
> remote mapping, importing, or machine learning) instead of a
> take-it-slow approach that would wait for a community to form and take
> matters into their own hands.
> The paper quoted above uses OSM as a research object and finds that in
> certain ways imports in OSM have indeed harmed community growth. The
> paper attempts to provide insights helpful for all kinds of
> user-generated knowledge projects (not necessarily OSM), and
> draws the following conclusion:
> "While information seeding could be useful to encourage the production
> of distant forms of follow-on knowledge, it might demotivate and
> under-provide more mundane and incremental follow-on information.
> Accordingly, if managers are interested in leveraging pre-existing
> information to spur the development of online communities, they might be
> better served by withholding some pre-existing information and provide
> community members with some space to create knowledge from scratch—even
> if such knowledge already exists in an external source. This policy allows
> community members to become invested in the community and develop
> ownership over the knowledge."
> Bye
> Frederik
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