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Rich Club Long Conversation

Published onSep 30, 2021
Rich Club Long Conversation

This document contains the timeline of the sessions that we have participated in on the topic of the Rich-Club Phenomenon and its effect on communities building the knowledge commons.

For each of the sessions, we provide details of the conference, for context, as well details of the session we participated in, including our key takeaways.

We invite project maintainers, contributors, and those with an interest in the sustainability and inclusiveness of open project in the knowledge Commons to consider these questions:

We will present the responses, in aggregate (anonymous) in this shared community pub.

Open Education Global

The annual Open Education Global conference is trying something new over 2021 and 2022 by focusing two elements of the entire conference on the UNESCO OER Recommendation. The Open Education Global conference will take place online in September 2021 and in-person in May 2022, and will engage the global open education community in actions associated with all five action areas of the UNESCO OER Recommendation - Capacity Building, Policy, Access, Sustainability, and International Cooperation. We hope you'll join us in this global community effort!

Session details

Session date and time: 30 Sep 2021 12:00-13:50 UTC

Creative Commons Global Summit 2021: Better Sharing, Brighter Future

Session Details

Session date and time: 21 Sep 2021 11:00-12:00 UTC

Session link:

IASC 2021 Knowledge Commons Virtual Conference: The future of the knowledge commons

Conference dates: June 9-11, 2021, ONLINE

The virtual conference, a 3-day meeting with pre-recorded and live events, will address problems defined by knowledge systems, including innovation spaces, digital resources like Wikipedia and Stack exchange, open-source software development, the future of science and education, the archival of existing knowledge, cultural commons and citizen science. What are the opportunities (low costs of sharing and reproduction, collaboration, access) and challenges (privacy, security, freeriding, inequality, incentives, manipulation, artificial intelligence biases, exclusion, trust)? Finally, in the era of the most serious global pandemic in over a century, how can Knowledge Commons help to address the consequences of COVID-19?

Session details:

Session date and time: 10 Jun 14:45 UTC


In this panel, presenters of pre-recorded talks about community based peer production of open educational material, will discuss cross-cutting issues related to their talks.

Panel 3 – Community Based Peer Production and Education

Moderator: Marco Janssen, Arizona State University – USA

Panelists: Alekos Pantazis, TalTech – Greece
Antoine Henry, Université de Lille – France
Hazal Baytok, Institut Mines-Télécom Business School – France
Sarah Hutton, University of Massachusetts Amherst – USA
Max Mahmoud Wardeh, OKConnect; Loughborough University - UK

Cross-cutting topics for IASC panelists

  1. You address community peer production of different knowledge commons, including educational material and bird information. What do we mean with success of peer production, and what are characterizations of communities that are successful?

    • Successful communities

      • Make it easy for newcomers to understand how to use what they’ve produced

  2. Not all peer production is equal since some groups can dominate the knowledge production (rich club phenomenon). How can we empower the “poor clubs” to become more equal partners of knowledge production? A related question, when is community based peer production provides an inclusive environment, and when is a more hierarchical structure provides better protection for minority voices?

Recommended Readings

Suggestions/recommendations most welcomed! Please feel free to add comments and/or connect with Max or Sarah to discuss further.

Gasparini et al. (2019). Analyzing Rich-Club Behavior in Open Source Projects
Illuminates how the ‘rich club’ coefficient manifests and impacts open project development and collaboration, drawing from an analysis of over 100 open projects in GitHub.

Giuffre, K. (2013). Communities and Networks: Using Social Network Analysis to Rethink Urban and Community Studies, Wiley.

Szell and Sinatra (2015). Research funding goes to rich clubs
Discussion of the rich club phenomenon in scholarly publishing, with resources collecting around those with more capital.

Dennis et al. (2013). Development of the ‘rich club’ in Brain Connectivity Networks
This is an interesting application of the rich club coefficient to connectivity in brain nodes!

Bavitz, Hessekiel, & Topelson Ritvo (2017). Organization & Structure of Open Source Software Development Initiatives
Provides and overview of challenges and opportunities concerning corporate formation, nonprofit status, and governance for open source projects.

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