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Collaboration Success Factors in an Online Music Community

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Online communities have been able to develop large, open-source software (OSS) projects like Linux and Firefox throughout the successful collaborations carried out by their members over the Internet. However, online communities also involve creative arts domains such as animation, video games, and music. Despite their growing popularity, the factors that lead to successful collaborations in these communities are not entirely understood.In this paper, we present a study on creative collaboration in a music community where authors write songs together by overdubbing, that is, by mixing a new track with an existing audio recording. We analyzed the relationship between song- and author-related measures and the likelihood of a song being overdubbed. We found that recent songs, as well as songs with many reactions, are more likely to be overdubbed authors with a high status in the community and a recognizable identity write songs that the community tends to build upon.


Calefato, Fabio; Iaffaldano, Giuseppe; Lanubile, Filippo (2018): Collaboration Success Factors in an Online Music Community. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/3148330.3148346. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 61–70. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA