“Who has agency?”

“If people move beyond simple tasks into more complex tasks that require a greater investment of time and learning, then issues of agency – participants’ ability to make choices about what they’re working on and why – start to become more important. Would Wikipedia have succeeded if it dictated what contributors had to write about? We shouldn’t mistake volunteers for a workforce just because they can be impressively dedicated contributors.”

via Sharing is caring keynote ‘Enriching cultural heritage collections through a Participatory Commons’ – Open Objects.

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