As We May Click

Tuesday, January 1, 1980

A short reading list on the history, origins, motivations and threats to open source, and the relationship between open source and innovation

  • History of the Internet
  • Origins of Open Source
  • Motivations for Open Source
  • Open Source and Innovation
  • Threats to Open Source

History of the Internet

  • Bush, Vannevar Bush. 1945. As We May Think
  • Leiner, et. al. Brief History of the Internet.
  • Saltzer, J. H., Reed, D. P., & Clark, D. D. (1984). End-to-End Arguments in System Design. ACM Transactions in Computer Systems, 2, 277–288.
  • Sterling, Bruce. 1993. Short History of the Internet.
  • Wikipedia. History of the Internet.
  • Wikipedia. History of free and open-source software.
  • Wikipedia. Free and open-source software.
  • Wikipedia. History of Unix.
  • Wikipedia. History of the World Wide Web.
  • Wikipedia. Open Data.
  • Wikipedia. Open Science.
  • WWW Foundation. History of the Web.

Origins of Open Source

  • Benkler, Y. (2002). Coase's Penguin, or, Linux and The Nature of the Firm. The Yale Law Journal, 112, 369–446.
  • Benkler, Y. (2003). Through The Looking Glass: Alice And The Constitutional Foundations Of The Public Domain. Law and Contemporary Problems, 66.
  • Benkler, Y. (2007). Wealth of Networks. Yale University Press.
  • Boyle, J. (2008). The Public Domain. Yale University Press.
  • Coleman, Gabriella (2013). Coding Freedom. Princeton University Press.
  • Pollock, R. (2006). The Value of the Public Domain. Public Policy Research, (July).

Motivations for Open Source

  • Bonaccorsi, A., Lorenzi, D., Merito, M., & Rossi, C. (n.d.). Do firms take part in the projects of the OS community? Some preliminary evidence and a research agenda.
  • Ibid 17.
  • Feller, J., Fitzgerald, B., Hissam, S., & Lakhani, K. R. (Eds.). (2005). Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.
  • Lakhani, K. R., & Wolf, R. G. (2005). Why Hackers Do What They Do: Understanding Motivation and Effort in Free/Open Source Software Projects. In J. Feller, B. Fitzgerald, S. Hissam, & K. R. Lakhani (Eds.), Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software. The MIT Press.
  • Lakhani, K. R., Jeppesen, L. B., Lohse, P. A., & Panetta, J. A. (2007). The Value of Openness in Scientific Problem Solving.
  • Lerner, J., & Tirole, J. (2002). The Simple Economics of Open Source. Journal of Industrial Economics, 52, 197–234.
  • Lerner, J., & Tirole, J. (2005). The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19, 99–120.
  • Schroer, J., & Hertel, G. (2007). Voluntary Engagement in an Open Web-based Encyclopedia: Wikipedians, and Why They Do It.

Open Source and Innovation

  • Change, E. (n.d.). Innovating Innovation, 1–18.
  • Hippel, von, E. (2009). Democratizing Innovation: The Evolving Phenomenon of User Innovation 1. International Journal of Innovation Science, 1(1).
  • Levine, S. S. (2001). Kindness in Cyberspace? The Sharing of Valuable Goods On-line (pp. 86–112). Presented at the EICAR International Conference.
  • Levine, S. S., & Shah, S. (2004). Towards a grounded theory of collective open source innovation. Presented at the Industrial Dynamics, Innovation and Development.
  • Levine, S. S., & Takahashi, N. (2005). A Framework for Collective Open Source Innovation.
  • Manso, G. (2008). Motivating Innovation.
  • Nerkar, A., & Shane, S. (2007). Determinants of invention commercialization: an empirical examination of academically sourced inventions. Strategic Management Journal, 28(11), 1155–1166.

Threats to Open Source

  • Boyle, J. (2009). Fencing off ideas: enclosure and the disappearance of the public domain. Daedalus, 131(2), 13–25.
  • Wikipedia. Net Neutrality.