Starting up, curating, and growing the network effect
The second part of the work becomes signing up and encouraging participants and trying to get the network effect going.
And this is where we recommend having catalyst projects that solve high-value data integration challenges for particular Communities of Interest. Incentives might need to be provided at the start to attract high-value data. Once high-value data is on the commons, a network effect should start to kick in and attract further data, and so begin a snowballing ffect.
In effect a Data Commons is really just a market for high-trust transactions in the reuse and integration of data. That market needs some transactions and some data to begin. Key tactical objectives for anybody building a Data Commons are to attract high-value data early, and to ensure thatearly communities can obtain high value immediately. Effective community management becomes key to scaling and attracting participation.