Accepted Paper:

Open Source: Precipitating Events of Change  

Author:

André Alessandro Gomes de Souza (Alliance Manchester Business School)

Paper short abstract:

Considering the subject matter of this track, it is of extreme value to open a discussion about what drives the motivation of hobbyists and practitioners to take part in F/OSS projects.

Paper long abstract:

Free and open source software (F/OSS) has grown from an ideology to a major value proposition for organisations. As digital networks enabled by information and communication technologies (ICT) have become increasingly reliable, faster and omnipresent in most societies, peer production has expanded its remit. In line with this, hobbyists and practitioners have combined strengths to generate cultural contents such as F/OSS. F/OSS has become a major economic, social, and cultural paradox, stimulating debates for academics and professionals alike. The paradigm change is marked by innovative means of value creation in post-modern societies. F/OSS resulted from the developers' freedom to craft new goods and service. In this respect, it is important to understand the motivations for these digital craftsmen.

Panel T107
Maker Movement, FabLabs, Hackerspace and improvisation: Science, Technology and Education by other means?