22 September 2008

Cultural clouds: a new kind of commons?

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Cloud commons
Joe Lamantia, a New York-based user experience and information architecture consultant, has a very good blog which now also contains a worthwhile article on the emergence of cultural clouds as the newest kind of public commons.

By cultural clouds, I’m talking about the new layer of the human cultural stack we’re busy laying down as a by product of all our social and creative activities in the inofverse. […]

These new cultural clouds appear in the ever growing collections of crowdsourced collectively or socially accumulated judgements, cultural products, knowledge, history, relationships, etc., encoded in the form of managed digital information. […]

Socially collected, digital, reified human cultural products and judgements are a new *type* of commons. I think they’re a new type of resource, brought forth largely by the cognitive surplus we enjoy. And as profound technological permeation and ubiquitous computing bring on the age of everyware, the cloud commons will grow (and fragment / specialize / multiply?).

Who and what will govern the new cloud commons? How will we define and manage these resources?

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