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On-line communities: What motivates people to take part?

: Waterson, P.; Avram, G.; Kerr, M.; Punter, T.

Kaiserslautern, 2004, VII, 16 S. : Ill., Lit.
IESE-Report, 058.04/E
Reportnr.: 058.04/E
Fraunhofer IESE ()
knowledge sharing; VSEK; ReqMan; online community

In this paper we address the issue of motivation to take part in on-line communities alongside factors that enhance and sustain community participation over time. In order to illustrate these issues we outline three case studies of on-line communities and compare the lessons learnt regarding motivation to previous research findings in the literature. The paper concludes with a set of guidelines that are currently being used to design a new software engineering community, the intention of these is to establish, foster and further sustain user participation in on-line communities.