The Open Collaboration Services (OCS) is an open and vendor-independent modern REST-based API for integration of web communities and web-based services into desktop and mobile applications. It allows the exchange of relevant data from a social network between the site and clients such as other websites and applications or widgets running locally on the user’s machine or mobile device. The protocol was designed so that all applications can access multiple services providing OCS APIs.
Collaboration is a joint effort of multiple individuals or work groups to accomplish a task or project. Within an organization, collaboration typically involves the ability of two or more people to view and contribute to documents or other content over a network.
Beyond the business world, collaborative consumption is a new approach to consumer access of goods and services based on an interdependent peer-to-peer model. The collaborative model is one in which consumers are much more frequently producers or providers as well, albeit on a small scale, and individuals cooperate to serve the needs of a given community. Examples of collaborative consumption include cooperatives, the sharing economy, the barter system and the gift economy.