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For what its worth, I was just notified of the launch of a new journal - here is their mission statement / front page:


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From: Michel Bauwens <michelsub2004>
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009 4:17 pm
Subject: Re: [jox] Mission statement (was: Request for comments)
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On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 10:45 AM, Mathieu O'Neil

Hi StefanMn and all-

I'm starting a new thread to not overlap with the discussion 
about process
I snipped some bits which were unproblematic.


* Suggested title:
Critical Studies in Peer Production

I did hear no voice against this title so it seems to me like 
this is

M: OK, good.

* Suggested definitions / mission statement:

A mission statement is a very good idea. It is something 
everyone can
refer to and it should be a guiding light.

Typical mission statements are short - say 3-6 lines. I think that's
good. I'll give it a try:

 This semi-scientific journal is dedicated to study peer 
production.>  By peer production we understand economic 
activities which include,
 production, openness and {are primarily done by 
volunteers /
 external structural forces are absent / non-alienation} 
such as Free
 Software or Wikipedia. Following the principles of peer 
production>  ourselves we are interested in every field 
where peer production
 plays a role. For this we welcome contributions from classical
 science as well as from activists of all kinds to foster 
the deeper
 understanding of this phenomenon and the political 
implications it
 might have.

I propose:

This pluralistic and transdisciplinary research journal is 
dedicated to the
critical study of peer production, i.e. the social and economic 
productionof value through self-aggregating communities in every 
field of human
endeavour, with special interest for its inter-relation with 
markets and
state forms.

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Dr Mathieu O'Neil
Adjunct Research Fellow
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
College of Arts and Social Science
The Australian National University

E-mail: mathieu.oneil
Tel.: (61 02) 61 25 38 00
Mail: Coombs Building, 9
Canberra, ACT 0200 - AUSTRALIA

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