Community Equity Patent issued

Finally - the  patent for  "Method and system for tracking social capital" has been issued.

Inventors
: Reiser; Peter H. (Pfungen, CH), Diamond; Paul (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee: Oracle America, Inc. (Redwood City, CA)
Appl. No.: 12/031,533 Filed: February 14, 2008

SUMMARY

In general, in one aspect, the invention relates to a method for tracking social capital. The method includes monitoring interactions with a first shared content provider based on a first number of equity changing activities, where the interactions with the first shared content provider are associated with a user. The method further includes monitoring interactions with a second shared content provider based a second number of equity changing activities, where the interactions with the second shared content provider are associated with the user. The method further includes determining a personal equity for the user based on the interactions with the first shared content provider and the interactions with the second shared content provider and publishing the personal equity to the first shared content provider, where content contributed by the user to the first shared content provider is rated based on the personal equity.

In general, in one aspect, the invention relates to a system for tracking social capital. The system includes a shared content provider interface configured to monitor interactions with a first shared content provider based on a first number of equity changing activities, where the interactions with the first shared content provider are associated with a user. The shared content provider interface is further configured to monitor interactions with a second shared content provider based a second number of equity changing activities, where the interactions with the second shared content provider are associated with the user. The shared content provider interface is further configured to publish the personal equity to the first shared content provider, where content contributed by the user to the first shared content provider is rated based on a personal equity. The system further includes a personal equity module configured to determine the personal equity for the user based on the interactions with the first shared content provider and the interactions with the second shared content provider.

In general, in one aspect, the invention relates to a computer readable medium embodying instructions executable by a computer to perform method steps for measuring social capital, the instructions including functionality to monitor interactions with a first shared content provider based on a first number of equity changing activities, where the interactions with the first shared content provider are associated with a user. The instructions further include functionality to monitor interactions with a second shared content provider based a second number of equity changing activities, where the interactions with the second shared content provider are associated with the user. The instructions further include functionality to determine a personal equity for the user based on the interactions with the first shared content provider and the interactions with the second shared content provider and publish the personal equity to the first shared content provider, where content contributed by the user to the first shared content provider is rated based on the personal equity. 



The described methodology was implemented in SunSpace and  open sourced as Community Equity.

Comments:

Dear Peter, Congratulations on getting the patent through at last! For some time I have been trying to get to using CEQ in a Higher Education context... see http://networkedlearning.blogspot.com/2010/11/ceq-and-group-based-networked-learners.html
I wonder if you know how wide the uptake of CEQ is? Is sunspace still using it and has anyone written that up?
I hope to take a paper on CEQ to next year's networked learning conference...
Best wishes,
Mike

Posted by Mike Johnson on September 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM CEST #

Congratulations, Peter!
And - Happy New Year ))
Best regards,
Victor Kuriashkin

Posted by Victor Kuriashkin on January 13, 2012 at 07:13 AM CET #

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