In my book, Reinventing discovery, I have been informed of many of the complexities of open sourcing. Although there are many different examples of open sourcing, two that most people are familiar with are Linux and Wikipedia. Previous to reading this book I considered open sourcing to be easy. Many people simply input their ideas and then suddenly a new something is created! This, however, is quite the opposite of how an open sourcing project is completed. Linux and Wikipedia especially have truly innovated ways of open sourcing that works. Random data is only random data until someone develops a way to organize it. One person, however, cannot control the huge amount of data that Linux or Wikipedia produce.
These organizations have had to innovate on extreme levels in order to produce what we see today. These process of innovations must come with any development in spreading information. Someone had to to think of creating everything from parchment and pen to the internet itself. As we look through history there is always some major invention or innovation which causes or help produce and spread knowledge.