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Reconciling community and commerce? Collaboration between produsage communities and commercial operators

Bruns, Axel (2012) Reconciling community and commerce? Collaboration between produsage communities and commercial operators. Information, Communication & Society, 15(6), pp. 815-835.

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Abstract

Collaborative user-led content creation by online communities, or produsage (Bruns 2008), has generated a variety of useful and important resources and other valuable outcomes, from open source software through the Wikipedia to a variety of smaller-scale, specialist projects. These are often seen as standing in an inherent opposition to commercial interests, and attempts to develop collaborations between community content creators and commercial partners have had mixed success rates to date. However, such tension between community and commerce is not inevitable, and there is substantial potential for more fruitful exchanges and collaboration. This article contributes to the development of this understanding by outlining the key underlying principles of such participatory community processes and exploring the potential tensions which could arise between these communities and their potential external partners. It also sketches out potential approaches to resolving them.

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ID Code: 50545
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: produsage, Web 2.0, collaboration, commerce, Pro-Am
DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2012.680482
ISSN: 1369-118X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the journal 'Information, Communication & Society', which is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/RICS
Deposited On: 23 May 2012 09:58
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2014 09:46

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