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All the interviewees discussed the issue of attribution of authorship to the members of the communities who create different types of content. In these clips, the interviewees explain why they consider attribution to be important but also explain why it can be problematic.

Orianna and Salvatore (AOS) see the importance of attribution as depending on the nature of each project/case but also emphasise the importance of giving attribution.

Eugenio explains that while the names of all the farmers who are involved in the project (Sauti ya Wakulima) are available on the website, he consulted them on their desire for attribution for the audio visual content they create.

Helen (UpStage || make-shift) uses the make-shift cyberformances as an example to talk about attribution. During the performance, the audience also create various types of content like text, audio as well as visual imagery. One element of the performance has images of kites built during it and its images taken by several people: the participants at the physical venue but also the online audience who are invited to send their images for inclusion in subsequent performances. In this clip, Helen explains their difficulty with attribution.

Adam (FLOSS Manuals) explains here that attribution is unsustainable in the long run, even though attribution is presently given to all contributors to the manuals, no matter how small or big their contribution is.

There was also a useful discussion on attribution in the focus group. Further hurdles in providing attribution in collaborative projects were discussed: difficulties in ensuring meaningful and accurate attribution; reconciling the tensions where online creators value the amorphous nature of online knowledge production which collides with traditional understandings of attribution in knowledge production; and, relationship between attribution and ownership in collaborative projects.