Sharing has become a keyword for the digital age: In Web 2.0 we share statuses, tweets, files, photos, videos, book reviews and more.
It has also become a mode of production, as in peer production, FLOSS, and the P2P Economy, and a type of communication, the conveyance of intimate information about the self to a significant other.
The ICA preconference on sharing, held in Seattle on 22 May, was co-organized by MDIA's Wolfgang Suetzl in partnership with Nicholas John (Hebrew University, Israel) which addressed the manifold media practices and claims to meaning evoked by a seemingly simple word.
Follwing a keynote by leading consumer researcher Russell Belk from York University, participants from around the world shared their own research on the subject. It is the sharing, after all, that turns research into knowledge.
To learn more about the event please visit the preconference website or the ICA 2014 page.