Final Project by Marsha Courneya
Open Source Equity Authorship
Members of the online community receive equity in the Intellectual Property after contributing narrative content that is well-received (i.e., upvoted past a threshold) and verified against existing canon. Not all users need to be authors, but only authors and verifiers can be owners. Contributions must reach a threshold of significant approval through upvotes before being submitted for verification. The story world lives entirely online and is not primarily delivered through a single medium (i.e., it is not a book or a movie first, but can manifest simultaneously through any medium). Starting with a text-based interface, the Open Source Equity Authorship concept is hosted on a web site that supports multimedia content.
In Undercroft 360, users hear the voice of Faye Lane, a private investigator who has been hired to look into the death of a prominent archaeologist. He had been heading up the search for a cache of a time-suspending strain of bacteria called ‘Oculatella Petraglacialis.’ Faye reports on meeting Dr. Berkeley Faber, the man who found the first cache of bacteria that slows decay. She describes his account of the discovery of the bacteria while users get to see the forest and the caves where the original discovery took place.