Multi-user games, wikipedia, e-bay, Amazon, Internet Movie Database. They all involve — in different ways — the co-creation of value between a platform provider and a social network enabled by that platform. Which raises issues of trust and authority.
From a Guardian article on Wikipedia:
To its fans, it is a fantastic research resource – albeit one that you should use with caution; and an incredible example of what can be achieved by collaboration and cooperation over the internet. To its detractors – mostly those from the traditional world of encyclopedias and librarianship, it is barely worthy of the label “encyclopedia”. [Guardian Unlimited | Online | Simon Waldman on Wikipedia’s success]
I presented updated versions of a presentation on libraries and pandemic effects and some implications for library collections recently. Each was delivered remotely, one to an event in Ostende, Belgium, and one to Milan, Italy, as unfortunately we have not yet returned to professional travel.