Creating the sustainable conditions for knowledge information sharing in virtual community

Jiangtao Wang, Jianmei Yang, Quan Chen, Sang-Bing Tsai
<span title="2016-07-08">2016</span> <i title="Springer Nature"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">SpringerPlus</a> </i> &nbsp;
Encyclopedias are not a new platform for the distribution of knowledge, but they have recently drawn a great deal of attention in their online iteration. Peer production in particular has emerged as a new mode of providing information with value and offering competitive advantage in information production. Case description: Large numbers of volunteers actively share their knowledge by continuously editing articles in Baidu encyclopedias. Most articles in the online communities are the
more &raquo; ... and integrated products of the contributions of many coauthors. Discussion and Evaluation: Email-based surveys and objective data mining were here used to collect analytical data. Critical mass theory is here used to analyze the characteristics of these collective actions and to explain the emergence and sustainability of these actions in the Baidu Encyclopedia communities. Conclusions: These results show that, based on the collective action framework, the contributors group satisfied the two key characteristics that ensure the collective action of knowledge contribution will both take place and become self-sustaining. This analysis not only facilitates the identification of collective actions related to individuals sharing knowledge in virtual communities, but also can provide an insight for other similar virtual communities' management and development. which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
<span class="external-identifiers"> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer" href="">doi:10.1186/s40064-016-2702-7</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmid:27441138</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmcid:PMC4938807</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">fatcat:7nbd4labpfeitnutvfzqs36jby</a> </span>
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