A Taxonomic Framework for Social Machines

  • Paul Smart
  • Elena Simperl
  • Nigel Shadbolt
Part of the Computational Social Sciences book series (CSS)


Within the context of the World Wide Web, we have witnessed the emergence of a rich range of technologies that support both collaboration and distributed processing. Applications such as Wikipedia, for instance, have demonstrated the power and potential of the Web to facilitate the pooling of geographically dispersed knowledge assets. The result has been the creation of the world’s largest online encyclopedia, available for free in more than 200 languages for everyone to access and use.


Repertory Grid Technological Element Birthday Party Sociotechnical System Citizen Science Project 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



This work is supported under SOCIAM: The Theory and Practice of Social Machines. The SOCIAM Project is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under grant number EP/J017728/1 and comprises the Universities of Southampton, Oxford and Edinburgh.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electronics & Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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