This paper focuses on work undertaken through the European Commission funded Bazaar project to establish a community of practice for researchers and practitioners in open source software and open content. The paper considers the use of social software to support such a communitty of practice. It consiers some of the theories and ideas behind supporting communities before going on to outline the design of an Architecture of Participation. 1 Why we are doing it This paper discusses work undertaken both at a theoretical level or at the level of ideas and practical work in progress in developing activities- face to face and mediated through computer based tools- to develop a community of practice around Open Source Software, Social Software and Open Content in Education. The work is being undertaken for the Bazaar project funded by the European Commission’s e- Learning programme. The aim of the project is to develop and support a community of practice for teachers, trainers, moderators and facilitators in the development, creation, exchange and use of e-learning materials. This involves the following activities: • The provision of information and services for teachers and trainers in th
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