Online collaboration doesn’t happen by magic

Blogger on global health issues, Christine Gorman, was researching patent issues around “Plumpy’nut,” an easy-to-make peanut-based food used to effectively treat malnutrition. (In brief, there are concerns about whether the patent is preventing some who need it from getting it, and even questions about whether the patent is valid.)

Gorman decided to try a collaborative approach – but as many others have found, getting concrete contributions is a challenge:

Online collaboration may be the wave of the future but it’s not so easy to convince people to do it…

This was not the instantaneous burst of community magic that I had hoped for. But a kind of long-amplitude wave eventually did materialize. My old Plumpy’Nut posts kept getting traffic. Maybe I had brought a fast-food mentality to a slow-cooking world.

And indeed, a year after the blog went up (and many months after I stopped posting anything new), I received an e-mail from Martin Enserink at Science, who was working on a story about Plumpy’Nut and wanted to include a sidebar on the patent controversy.

via Global Health Report: What Plumpy’Nut Taught Me.

The biggest part of online collaboration is making a start, putting it out there, and making it open for people to use. It’s hard to say when results will come – but sharing and practicing openness creates the possibility.

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    Infomate is very new and we are currently looking for new authors to be present on our site. Due to the type of posts presented on your blog, we believe that the contents of your blog would be very interesting for our community. Because of this I would like to ask you to join our community and to import your RSS/Atom feed into Infomate so that your posts become available to our community.
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Online collaboration doesn’t happen by magic

Blogger on global health issues, Christine Gorman, was researching patent issues around “Plumpy’nut,” an easy-to-make peanut-based food used to effectively treat malnutrition. (In brief, there are concerns about whether the patent is preventing some who need it from getting it, and even questions about whether the patent is valid.)

Gorman decided to try a collaborative approach – but as many others have found, getting concrete contributions is a challenge:

Online collaboration may be the wave of the future but it’s not so easy to convince people to do it…

This was not the instantaneous burst of community magic that I had hoped for. But a kind of long-amplitude wave eventually did materialize. My old Plumpy’Nut posts kept getting traffic. Maybe I had brought a fast-food mentality to a slow-cooking world.

And indeed, a year after the blog went up (and many months after I stopped posting anything new), I received an e-mail from Martin Enserink at Science, who was working on a story about Plumpy’Nut and wanted to include a sidebar on the patent controversy.

via Global Health Report: What Plumpy’Nut Taught Me.

The biggest part of online collaboration is making a start, putting it out there, and making it open for people to use. It’s hard to say when results will come – but sharing and practicing openness creates the possibility.

3 thoughts on “Online collaboration doesn’t happen by magic”

  1. Hello

    I represent a site that me and my friends have created – Infomate.org. Infomate is a democratic not-profit copyleft self-regulatory information sharing community. It is fully controlled by the users themselves through a mixture of direct and representative democratic processes. We strongly believe in the advent of open source and empowerment it provides for the content authors.

    Infomate is very new and we are currently looking for new authors to be present on our site. Due to the type of posts presented on your blog, we believe that the contents of your blog would be very interesting for our community. Because of this I would like to ask you to join our community and to import your RSS/Atom feed into Infomate so that your posts become available to our community.
    To be able to import your feed, you will need to register and click on Create content->Feed.

    You can learn more about Infomate by visiting the following link — http://www.infomate.org/about . I’d be happy to answer further questions about Infomate.

    Many Thanks,

    Infomate team

Comments are closed.