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Determinants of Participation in Global Volunteer Grids: A Cross-Country Analysis

  • Junseok Hwang


  • Jorn Altmann


  • Ashraf Bany Mohammed

    (Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), Seoul National University)

Volunteer Grids, in which users share computing resources altruistically, play a critical role in fostering research. Sharing and collaboration in Volunteer Grids is determined by many factors. These determinants define the participation in Grids and the amount of contribution to such Grids. Whereas previous studies focused on explaining researchers¡¯ and countries¡¯ willingness to share resources in Volunteer Grids based on social sharing theory, this research argues that without the appropriate technological capabilities, countries or researcher cannot implement their willingness. Based on the literature review, this paper defines the influential determinants for participating in global Volunteer Grids. Besides, this research employs a multiple regression analysis of these determinants, using a total of 130 observations collected from international data repositories. Our results show that R&D and Internet connection type (broadband or dial-up) are significant determinates for participating in Volunteer Grids. This result explains why developed countries are active and enjoy the benefits from Volunteer Grids, while developing countries still lag behind. Therefore, an increased participation in Grids cannot be solely achieved by interconnecting with developing countries through high-speed Internet backbones.

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Paper provided by Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP) in its series TEMEP Discussion Papers with number 201040.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
Date of revision: Jan 2010
Publication status: Published in GECON 2009, Workshop on Grid Economics and Business Models, Springer LNCS, Delft, Netherlands, August 2009
Handle: RePEc:snv:dp2009:201040
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