The power of open source lies in the ability to build upon others’ work, and good documentation is the key to making this happen. The goal of open source documentation standards is to facilitate a collaborative framework which encourages others to contribute to a common pool of human knowledge.
Open product development has the potential to transform the economic system by making widespread collaboration possible. If there are easy mechanisms for viewing and updating open product documentation, products can evolve rapidly under the hands of many contributors. However, several obstacles often stand in the way of contributions and improvements. Below is a list of problems and possible ways to approach them.