Seven dimensions of contemporary participation disentangled

Christopher Kelty, Aaron Panofsky, Morgan Currie, Roderic Crooks, Seth Erickson, Patricia Garcia, Michael Wartenbe, Stacy Wood

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Participation is today central to many kinds of researchand design practice in information studies and beyond.From user-generated content to crowdsourcing to peer production to fan fiction to citizen science, the concept remains both unexamined and heterogeneous in its definition.Intuitions about participation are confirmed by some examples, but scandalized by others, and it is difficult to pinpoint why participation seems to be robust in some cases and partial in others. In this paper we offer an empirically based, comparative analysis of participation that demonstrates its multidimensionality and provides a framework that allows clear distinctions and better analyses of the role of participation.We derive 7 dimensions of participations from the literature on participation and exemplify those dimensions using a set of 102 cases of contemporary participation that include uses of the Internet and new media.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474–488
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number3
Early online date28 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • collaboration
  • internet
  • concepts


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