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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Putting the Pieces Back Together Again: Contest Webs for Large-Scale Problem Solving
Organization Unit
Authors
  • Thomas W Malone
  • Jeffrey V Nickerson
  • Robert J Laubacher
  • Laur Hesse Fisher
  • Patrick De Boer
  • Yue Han
  • Ben Towne
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
Language
  • English
Event Title 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017)
Event Type conference
Event Location Portland, OR
Event Start Date February 25 - 2017
Event End Date March 1 - 2017
Place of Publication Portland, OR
Publisher s.n.
Abstract Text A key issue, whenever people work together to solve a complex problem, is how to divide the problem into parts done by different people and combine the parts into a solution for the whole problem. This paper presents a novel way of doing this with groups of contests called contest webs. Based on the analogy of supply chains for physical products, the method provides incentives for people to (a) reuse work done by themselves and others, (b) simultaneously explore multiple ways of combining interchangeable parts, and (c) work on parts of the problem where they can contribute the most. The paper also describes a field test of this method in an online community of over 50,000 people who are developing proposals for what to do about global climate change. The early results suggest that the method can, indeed, work at scale as intended.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/2998181.2998343
Other Identification Number merlin-id:13963
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