A social capital perspective on meta-knowledge contribution and social computing

Oded Nov, Chen Ye, Nanda Kumar

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Recent years have seen a substantial growth of social computing, where large numbers of individual users share content with others in online communities. Social computing systems have thus led to a profusion of highly heterogeneous data, further exacerbating the traditional problems of knowledge sharing. This has made Meta-knowledge (knowledge about knowledge) important and more widely used, as it helps users locate knowledge easily. However, the reasons for people's meta-knowledge contribution in the social computing context and the extent to which this may differ from traditional knowledge contribution remain largely unexplored. This gap is addressed in the present study. Building on social capital theory, and using a combination of survey and independent system data, we explore what affects individual meta-knowledge contribution on Flickr, a popular photo-sharing service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-126
Number of pages9
JournalDecision Support Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Flickr
  • Meta-knowledge
  • Social capital
  • Social computing
  • Tagging
  • Tags

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems and Management


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