Wikinomics, chapter 6 – student comments & questions

February 12, 2008

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Please post your comments and questions for this chapter as a comment below.

These are due the Friday before class by 5pm.

The people presenting this chapter are Thomas, Sofonyas, Tony and Mitch.


9 Responses to “Wikinomics, chapter 6 – student comments & questions”

  1. Katelyn Murnaghan Says:

    Comment: I think that its great that people such as Doctors are sharing their knowledge online. By doing this, it saves a lot of time, and perhaps, a lot of money especially for reasearch purposes. I think that by doing this, research can (and will) advance at a much faster pace.

    Question: Will publishing companies eventually go out of business because of this online frenzy or do you think that people will always look for a written resource?

  2. Tasia Says:

    Comment: Medical research and the life sciences field have come a long way in the last few decades, especially with the advancement of technology and data storage. It’s interesting to think about what type of medical cures and innovations may be created in the next few decades in the medical fields, to prolong human life and cure disease.

    Question: What type of new innovation do you think will happen in the next 50 years? (ie cures, technological communication, travel methods, and environmental improvements) – to be directed towards the whole class.

  3. mellaz Says:

    “In the past, firms have relied heavily on closed, hierarchical approaches to producing and harnessing knowledge. Increasingly, though, knowledge is the product of networked people and organizations looking for new solutions to specific problems”

    How can both bright people and not so bright people be brighter as members of a resourceful and knowledgeable collaborative community?

  4. romizuddin Says:

    Comments: In this chapter writers argues that information sharing system is not a new; it’s been around thousands of years. We can get benefits from collaborative knowledge through internet and online community. In exchanging information, publication collaboration, peer review is coming keys to success in knowledge-based economy. Now we have entered the age of collaborative science. The New Alexandrians recognize and create a new model of collaborative science that will reduce the cost and rapidly accelerate technical advancement in their industry.

    Question: Due to the mass collaboration (root in the scientific community), it created opportunities for all smart companies to rethink on how to cope with advance technology (science) and how to compete. So what should smart companies do to connect with large scale scientific networks?

  5. jencampbell Says:

    I find it unfortunate that some people stray away from the internet because they are afraid that everything they put on there can be accessed by anyone. So much crucial knowledge can be spread on web, but people are afraid it will taken advantage of, Example would be the research scientists mentioned in the chapter.

    In the text it was mentioned how the published research of scientists was available to the subscribers who paid to receive the information. This was described as “less accessible” research. The idea of putting the research on the web for the scientists to access, scared the scientists because they didn’t want to create a “Napster-like phenomenon”. Is their anything safe on the web? Can everything be accessed if someone really wanted to hack into it?

  6. davecanvin Says:


    I found it interesting to think about all the libraries in the world, and if they all digitized their collections and shared them how powerful of a resource that would be. It is something I had never given thought to before.


    Right now it mentions that scientists have many collaborations with other scientists. Will any more major scientific breakthroughs occur traditionally (without collaboration) or is collaboration necessary in science in the future?

  7. imrankha Says:

    Comment: It is quite evident that the world is removing the barriers that once existed between sharing of information more freely. Throughout this course we have learned how web 2.0 is reshaping the whole idea and methodology of transferring information which would lead to the betterment of society in general.

    Question: Scientific research is very slow to be published due to the whole process of peer reviews, etc before it is allowed to be posted to scientific journals. This causes the whole process of research and development to slow down on previous research. Do you think Web 2.o can contribute to research being done more faster or efficient? and How?

  8. David McKenna Says:

    Wow, I found this chapter really hard. I’ll start with my comment because I still have no idea what question I’ll have.

    C: I pity the group that has to do this chapter. I fell asleep twice while reading it and could barely stay focused. Booooooooring. (Sorry if this offends those that really liked this chapter).

    Q: This chapter talks about Intel dealing with universities. Do you know if UPEI deals with any company’s like this? (Sorry, kind of a pathetic question)

  9. jblaquiere Says:

    C: I think its a great idea to “Opensource” life sciences. I think that if the industry allows it, companies should try to relieve some of their R+D focus and outsource it, safe on money, time, and man power.

    Q: What other industries (since the book was written) have looked toward opensource to solve they’re R+D problems?

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