***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** On Nov 18, 2009, at 10:28, Morten Friis wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** > > Dear SOCNET, > > I'm interested in NGOs and especially internet-based volunteer- > organizations (e.g. Wikipedia and open source movements). But I have > had a hard time finding research on the social network in these > kinds of organizations. > > Therefore I'm asking, if anyone has any knowledge of research about > social networks in: > > - traditional NGOs with volunteers I'll leave this to others; I'm also interested in the question. > - Or, internet-based volunteer-organizations There is really quite a lot of work here (most likely relating to the relative ease of access to datasets). We have a paper (currently under review) which reviews much of this work (in Information Systems, at least) high-lighting significant validity concerns, contact me directly and I can share it. Self promotion first (if you'll allow me :) you'll find a number of relevant papers coming from the FLOSS project at Syracuse (see list of refs at bottom of email): http://floss.syr.edu/publications/ Then there is the work at CMU, including this piece: Wagstrom, P. A., Herbsleb, J. D., and Carley, K. M. (2005). A social network approach to free/open source software simulation. In Proceedings, First International Conference on Open Source Systems (IFIP 2.13), Genoa, Italy. http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/publications/papers.php There is a trove of papers using large Sourceforge datasets from Greg Madey's open source group at Notre Dame: http://www.nd.edu/~oss/Papers/papers.html There is also the work of Nicholas Duchenaut, including his dissertation: http://www2.parc.com/csl/members/nicolas/publications.html Two papers which use SNA techniques which one might not find in the usual places for SOCNET types: McLure Wasko, M., & Faraj, S. (2005). Why Should I Share? Examining Social Capital and Knowledge Contribution in Electronic Networks of Practice. MIS Quarterly, 29(1), p35 - 57. Daniel, S. L., & Diamant, E. I. (2008). Network Effects in OSS Development: The Impact of Users and Developers on Project Performance. In ICIS 2008 Proceedings. Retrieved from http://aisel.aisnet.org/icis2008/122 . In terms of Wikipedia, there is a growing body of work which I'm sure others will elaborate on, but a recent contribution are these papers: Kane, G. (2009). It’s a network, not an encyclopedia: A social network perspective on wikipedia collaboration. In Best Paper proceedings, Academy of Management 2009, Chicago. Winner of OCIS best paper award. Gorbatai, A. and Hall, M. Social Structure of Contributions to Wikipedia http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~hos/papers/AndreeaGorbattai/AndreeaGorbattai.pdf Best of luck, James http://james.howison.name Wiggins, A., Howison, J. and Crowston, K. (2008). Social dynamics of FLOSS team communication across channels. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Open Source Software (IFIP 2.13), Milan, Italy, 7-10 September. Scialdone, Michael, Na Li, James Howison, Robert Heckman, and Kevin Crowston. (2008). Group Maintenance in Technology-Supported Distributed Teams (Full Version). Paper presented at 2008 Academy of Management Annual Meeting: The Questions We Ask. Anaheim, CA: August 8-13, 2008. Howison, J., Inoue, K., and Crowston, K. (2006). Social dynamics of free and open source team communications. In Proceedings of the IFIP 2nd International Conference on Open Source Software, Lake Como, Italy. Best Paper Award. Crowston, K., Wei, K., Li, Q., & Howison, J. (2006). Core and periphery in Free/Libre and Open Source software team communications. Paper presented at the Hawai'i International Conference on System System (HICSS-39), Kaua'i, Hawai'i. Crowston, K., & Howison, J. (2006). Hierarchy and centralization in Free and Open Source Software team communications. Knowledge, Technology & Policy, 18(4), 65–85. Crowston, K. & Howison, J. (2005). The social structure of Free and Open Source software development. First Monday, February. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.