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The Social Capital of Community Information Systems

Thesis type
  • Master
  • Bachelor
Status Open
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In this thesis we research the use of social capital in information systems in organizational and non-organizational contexts with the aim to conceptualize framework for community information systems.

Social capital is a Marxist theory stating that humans can invest in social relationships like in companies or education (intellectual) capital with the hope that the investments pay back. Examples of such a valorisation is the increase of job offers through the contributions to an open-source software repository like github or the increase of friendship requests on social networking sites through the completion of a user profile. Community Information Systems are information systems for professional communities of practice that are using Web platforms to organize their work and their learning processes. In this thesis we research existing scientific and practical valorisation approaches of information systems in organizational and non-organizational contexts. Based on this analysis, we conceptualize a social capital framework for community information systems. The realization is based on an open-source peer-to-peer community system called las2peer (www.las2peer.org) with a Etherum blockchain. We have defined a cyber currency to express the social capital invested in communities. Smart contract should realize accumulation and distribution of social capital within the community information systems. Application areas are collaborative crowdsourcing platforms like the Requirements Bazaar and learning environments like MOOCS and LMS. The student should have very good programming skills and interests in conceptual topics between economics and computer science.

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