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Using Social Visualization to Motivate Social Production

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2 Author(s)
Eric Gilbert ; Siebel Center for Comput. Sci., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL ; Karrie Karahalios

In this paper we argue that social visualization can motivate contributors to social production projects, such as Wikipedia and open source development. As evidence, we present CodeSaw, a social visualization of open source software development that we studied with real open source communities. CodeSaw mines open source archives to visualize group dynamics that currently lie buried in textual databases. Furthermore, CodeSaw becomes an active social space itself by supporting comments directly inside the visualization. To demonstrate CodeSaw, we apply it to a popular open source project, showing how the visualization reveals group dynamics and individual roles. The paper concludes by presenting evidence that CodeSaw, and social visualization more generally, can motivate contributors to social production projects if the visualization leaves the laboratory and makes it to the community visualized.

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IEEE Transactions on Multimedia  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 3 )