AOC Annotated Bibliography
- This book has twenty-three chapters written by industry experts on a variety of open source topics. In particular, section 2 of the book focuses on collaboration and community, which is particularly relevant for readers wanting to gain more insight into open source communities.
Fogel, Karl, Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project (O'Reilly Media, 2006) ISBN 0596007590
- Open Source Software provides one of the earlier examples of online communities, and this book describes how to best run open source projects, including working with the communities that are an inherent part of the open source software process. As such, it provides many tips and tricks that can be applied to working with other types of online communities.
Raymond, Eric S., The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary (O'Reilly Media, 1999) ISBN 0596001088
- This early book on open source helped shape the way that many people conceive of open source software. Many of the newer books on open source refer back to concepts, like "Linus's Law", that were first articulated in The Cathedral and the Bazaar.
Web 2.0 and Online Communities
- We the Media describes how the new media, including blogging, is changing the face of traditional media.
O'Reilly, Tim, What is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software (O'Reilly Media Online, 9/30/2005)
- This essay defines web 2.0 and outlines its key concepts: 1) the web as a platform, 2) harnessing collective intelligence, 3) data is the next Intel inside, 4) end of the software release cycle, 5) lightweight programming models, 6) software above the level of a single device, and 7) rich user experiences.
- I recommend reading Naked Conversations for anyone relatively new to blogging or for someone in the process of introducing blogs within a corporate environment. This book does a good job of highlighting how blogs are changing the way that people interact with each other online and focuses on the changes between businesses and customers.
- With today's technology, users are able to innovate in new ways and freely share their innovations with other users thus democratizing innovation. Open source software and sporting communities are two primary examples of user-centered innovation discussed in this book.
Globalization and Diversity
Friedman, Thomas L., The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005) ISBN 0374292884
- With current software and widely available networking infrastructure, we now have the means to work globally and collaborate in ways that were not possible before now. It has become as easy to work with someone on the other side of the world as it is to work with someone on the other side of the street. Businesses are taking advantage of this flat world and using resources around the globe, and online communities are becoming more global and diverse in nature.
- Note: Friedman released an updated and expanded version of this book in 2006.