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Motivating the non-technical participation in technical communities

TitleMotivating the non-technical participation in technical communities
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVega, D, Meseguer, R, Freitag, F, Ochoa, SF
Conference NameComputer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (CSCWD), 2015 IEEE 19th International Conference on
Keywordscommunication infrastructure, Computers, cooperation effort, Incentive mechanism, incentive schemes, Irrigation, non-technical activities, non-technical participation motivation, Peer-to-peer computing, radio networks, regulation mechanism, social networking (online), social structure, technical communities, Wireless communication, wireless community networks
AbstractTechnical communities are social structures that emerge around the interest of individuals to build and deploy their own technology or communication infrastructure, such as wireless community networks. In these communities, the access to shared resources is regulated by incentive mechanisms, which are usually based on the members' contributions. Typically, technical contributions are computed by these mechanisms, ignoring the non-technical activities that members voluntarily perform to keep the community alive, e.g., administration and coordination of the tasks performed by the sub-communities. This article presents a regulation mechanism that rewards not only the contribution of shared resources to the community, but also the participation of the community members in non-technical activities. This proposal was evaluated using simulations, and the obtained results allow researchers and managers of technical communities to build appropriate incentive mechanisms that rewards both, technical and non-technical contributions of their members.