The Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College announces a new technical report: The Quality of Open Source Production: Zealots and Good Samaritans in the Case of Wikipedia
Dartmouth Technical Report TR2007-606
Sean W. Smith
Date: September 2007
New forms of production based in electronic technology, such as open-source and open-content production, convert private commodities (typically software) into essentially public goods. A number of studies find that, like in other collective goods, incentives for reputation and group identity motivate contributions to open source goods, thereby overcoming the social dilemma inherent in producing such goods. In this paper we examine how contributor motivations affect the quality of contributions to the open-content online encyclopedia Wikipedia. We find that quality is associated with contributor motivations, but in a surprisingly inconsistent way. Registered users’ quality increases with more contributions, consistent with the idea of participants motivated by reputation and commitment to the Wikipedia community. Surprisingly, however, we find the highest quality from the vast numbers of anonymous “Good Samaritans” who contribute only once. Our findings that Good Samaritans as well as committed “zealots” contribute high quality content to Wikipedia suggest that it is the quantity as well as the quality of contributors that positively affects the quality of open source production.
A preliminary version of this paper was published online in November 2005.
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Garbage in, garbage out: Indicted garbage executive donated to Lieberman –Senator received $14,000 in 2003
Oct 28 2007
Contributions from associates and friends of now-indicted garbage executive James Galante to the 2004 presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Joseph LieberBush have sparked the interest of federal investigators. Lieberman’s bid for the White House took in at least $14,000 from Galante, his associates and their relatives in the fall of 2003, according to a Courant review of campaign records. The contributions to Lieberman (R-Israel) are similar to allegedly bundled contributions to three Republican officeholders that earlier this month led to state charges against Galante, who is also facing a 2006 federal racketeering indictment.
From: CLG News
MRAPs going to Iraq on Russian cargo planes
Oct 28 2007
The Air Force has been forced to use Russian commercial cargo jets to rush mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles from the U.S. to Iraq because it does not have enough C-5 and C-17 planes to do the job, the service’s top civilian official said recently.
From: CLG News
National Security Archive Update, October 29, 2007 – Archive seeks to discover true extent of missing e-mails at White House;
Demands the initiation of discovery to ensure Executive Office of the President cannot render judicial preservation decisions meaningless
For more information contact:
Meredith Fuchs/Tom Blanton, 202/994-7000
Sheila L. Shadmand (Jones Day), 202/879-393
Washington D.C., October 29, 2007 – The National Security Archive filed a motion on Friday, October 26, seeking expedited discovery against the Executive Office of the President to find out what e-mails are missing from the White House e-mail system or backup tapes.
Archive General Counsel Meredith Fuchs explained, “The pressing need for the information arises out of troubling representations by the EOP and its components about its document preservation obligations and the location of its backup tapes. We need information so we can take steps to preserve all possible sources of e-mails deleted from the White House servers.”
Also on Friday, a similar motion was filed in a virtually identical lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on September 25, 2007.
The Archive filed this case on September 5, 2007, against the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and its components seeking to recover at least 5 million federal e-mail records improperly deleted by the EOP. After the government failed to provide adequate assurances that backups and copies of the missing e-mail would be preserved throughout this litigation, on October 11, 2007, CREW filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the White House defendants in its case. A hearing in CREW’s case was held before Magistrate Judge Facciola on October 17, 2007. Magistrate Judge Facciola issued a Report and Recommendation on October 19, 2007, advising the Court to grant a temporary restraining order. The government has filed objections to Magistrate Judge Facciola’s Report and Recommendation, and CREW has responded to the government’s objections.
Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today’s posting.
Gas Guzzlers Group Burns Cash
Source: Associated Press, October 18, 2007
The Sport Utility Vehicle Owners of America (SUVOA) industry front group paid the PR firm Stratacomm $440,000 in the first half of 2007 to lobby the U.S. government. Stratacomm boasts a range of auto industry clients. Later this year, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are set to discuss proposals to mandate that the auto industry meet a fuel efficiency target of 35 miles per gallon by 2020 across their range of vehicles, including passenger cars and sport utility vehicles. Associated Press reports that recently filed lobbying disclosure forms reveal that SUVOA “lobbied against Senate legislation promoting higher fuel economy standards.” In 2004, the PR commentator Paul Holmes wrote that “what is clear is that SUVOA is a front for SUV manufacturers. Its board of directors consists largely of industry reps and public affairs execs with ties to the industry.”
The Cheney Energy Task Force: Mission Accomplished Oil Sets Record, Surpassing $93 a Barrel
Oct 29 2007
Oil prices surpassed $93 a barrel Monday in Asian trading to hit a new trading high amid concerns about political tensions in the Middle East and the weakening U.S. dollar.
From: CLG News
RUDY GIULIANI’S DIRTY CAMPAIGN MONEY
By Ari Berman, The Nation
Giuliani is cozying up to Bush’s big oil billionaires to fund his race for the Republican nomination.
Billions over Baghdad
Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency—much of it belonging to the Iraqi people—was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed. Following a trail that leads from a safe in one of Saddam’s palaces to a house near San Diego, to a P.O. box in the Bahamas, the authors discover just how little anyone cared about how the money was handled.
by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele October 2007
Congressman Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk
Struggling for Relevance in Cuba: Close, Still No Cigars
“In the name of helping Cubans, the US administration is calling for “multibillions” of taxpayer dollars in foreign aid and subsidies for internet access, education and business development for Cubans under the condition that the Cuban government demonstrates certain changes. In the same breath, they claim lifting the embargo would only help the dictatorship. This is exactly backwards. Free trade is the best thing for people in both Cuba and the US. Government subsidies would enrich those in power in Cuba at the expense of already overtaxed Americans!”
Click here for the full article: http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2007/tst102807.htm
three thousand words
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Joel Pett: drug abuse