An analysis of Open Content Systems

Ofer Arazy, Raymond Patterson

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Traditionally, content in organizational Knowledge Bases is created in a highly centralized manner to ensure quality. In Open Content Systems (OCS), on the other hand, content is generated in a distributed and decentralized manner. The most notable examples of OCS are Slashdot, the technology news portal, and Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. The advantage of such systems is the speed in which content is accumulated, while the risk of open content systems is the lack of traditional quality control mechanisms. The purpose of this paper is to examine the processes that enable an open content system (OCS) to function effectively. We conduct a survey of existing open content systems, and analyze the interplay between the technology underlying OCS, the user community who is responsible for content generation, and the types of content managed by the OCS systems. Our analysis identifies specific settings where open content systems are likely to thrive.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event15th Workshop on Information Technology and Systems, WITS 2005 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: 10 Dec 200511 Dec 2005


Conference15th Workshop on Information Technology and Systems, WITS 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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