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About Charles M. Schweik

Greetings! I am a Professor with a joint appointment shared between the Department of Environmental Conservation ( and the Center for Public Policy and Administration ( at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Generally, my research focuses on environmental management and policy, public-sector information technology, and the intersection of those domains. More specifically, I am a social scientist working to understand Internet-based collective action and online commons-based peer production. Over the last decade, my research has focused largely on the study of open-source software communities, and the socio-technical systems and governance structures that support these systems of co-production. My book "Internet Success: A Study of Open Source Software Commons" (MIT Press, 2012) analyzed more than 170,000 such projects, in an effort to explain what leads some to ongoing collaborative success and many others to early abandonment. With this grounding in open source collaboration complete, my current list of projects (below) are expanding into other online peer-production settings that, in some way mimic or borrow collaborative principles from open source software. See more at:


Present Associate Director, National Center for Digital Government, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Professor, Dept of Environmental Conservation and School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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324 Holdsworth Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003


book (1)

Recent Works (2)

Selected Articles (17)

Research Works (1)

Papers in Edited Volumes (5)