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It's an interesting topic and to imagine what sort of tools we will potentially see in the future that result from people freely collaborating online is exciting. Wikipedia is often cited as a prime example and rightly so but also consider The Internet Movie Database which pioneered much of this online collaboration and celebrates its twentieth birthday this year. One caveat from the IMDB story though is that the website that was built upon the efforts of thousands of people freely giving their time eventually became a commercial enterprise that was bought by Amazon and there is a premium version of the site that requires a subscription. It raises the question of who ultimately owns the information and has control over its dissemination. Just a small error in the article I noticed which you might like to correct - the link to the book on Amazon has a superfluous 'http//'.
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Jul 20, 2010