author={Shira Chess},
  journal={Information, Communication \& Society},
  pages={374 - 393}
  • S. Chess
  • Published 13 March 2012
  • Art
  • Information, Communication & Society
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Open content communities
  • M/C Journal
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    ‘ Open content communities ’ , M / C Journal
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