What is open collaboration ?

Open collaboration is a collaboration, that is:

  • egalitarian (everyone can join, no principled or artificial barriers to participation exist),
  • meritocratic (decisions and status are merit-based rather than imposed)
  • self-organizing (processes adapt to people rather than people adapt to pre-defined processes).

Main places to find open collaboration are on:

  • wikis, on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects;
  • in open source, in open data and open government initiatives, open innovation, citizen engineering, peer production, and so on.

Source: http://www.opensym.org/2012/09/28/definition-of-open-collaboration/

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