The potential of collective intelligence in online community projects

Aelita Skaržauskienė, Monika Mačiulienė

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This paper introduces the theoretical model of CI (Collective Intelligence) Potential Index for a scientific discussion. The index will allow users to identify and to analyse conditions that lead online communities to become more intelligent, inclusive, reflective, and safe. The subject of the research is online community projects, which include collective decision-making tools and innovation mechanisms fostering creativity, entrepreneurship, collaboration, new forms of self-regulation, and self-governance. The CI Potential Index (CIPI) will show the state and dynamics of the CI according to changes of various internal and external parameters. The data necessary for the identification of the CI Potential Index dimensions were collected using quantitative and qualitative research and will be revised during the scientific experiment. A longitudinal observation of a number of networked platforms will be undertaken to measure agreed-upon representative parameters. The value of the Index is that it defines capacity of the online community for aggregating and creating knowledge, for creativity and decision making, for self-organising, for adaptivity, and for the emergence of “swarm effect”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-79
JournalJournal of information warfare
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Collective intelligence
  • Decision making
  • Online communities

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