Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

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Incentives in Collaborative Applications

  • Elina Yaakobovich
  • Rami Puzis
  • Yuval Elovici
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7163-9_375-1



Collaborative System

A system that relies on the collaboration of its users when providing a service


Any user activity that is or might be of benefit to other users or the system itself

Extrinsic Interest

Interest that is based on an outside stimulation (such as a reward)

Free Rider

A participant who enjoys the contribution of others but fails to contribute or contributes significantly less than others

Intrinsic Interest

Interest that is based on inner satisfaction


Collaborative systems rely on the cooperation of their users to provide a service. We can distinguish between various types of collaborative systems, such as Q&A services, social networking services, sharing platforms, and crowdsourcing platforms. Despite the fact that each one of these services and platforms has its own unique characteristics, they all rely on the cooperation of their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information Systems EngineeringBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)College ParkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • V. S. Subrahmanian
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Chan
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)MelbourneAustralia