One of the aspects of social media in the enterprise that has been hard to quantify is Community Participation. There are a number of arbitrary measurements that Enterprise 2.0 solutions providers and end users have cobbled together but up until recently there has not been a tried and proven method to calculate community participation.
The Community Equity Specification has an algorithm that capture 2 variables – information equity (IQ) and personal equity (PEQ). Sun defines IQ as the social activities around information that is calculated into a numeric value which represents the importance, relevance and quality of a information. PEQ is a numeric value calculated for an individual that helps recognize their achievements and their participation in a community.
The PEQ algorithm looks to be the most complex aspect of the specification and is probably the piece of the specification that Sun has filed the patent on.
Sun has the specification in pilot stage and it will be interesting to see how Sun goes about releasing the specification for use once the pilot and beta testing is complete.