Recreating community: a virtual case study.

Hall, Hazel (1999) Recreating community: a virtual case study. Education for Information, 17 (3). pp. 253-258. ISSN 0167-8329

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The application of the adjective "virtual" to a variety of physical concepts - classroom, company, corporation, library, office - has become common as organisations create new means of conducting business. Through virtual communities mechanisms are implemented for various activities ranging from managing collaborative projects, initiating electronic commerce applications and training staff, to playing games. A typical virtual community comprises a group of physically disparate individuals, unknown to one another in person, brought together for the first time, usually for the purposes of work. The project described in this paper deviates from this norm: individuals previously known to one another, who had worked (and, in several cases, lived) in close proximity, have been brought together again, the main purpose of this reunion not being their work. This development of a forum for former student colleagues to meet over the networks raises some interesting issues regarding the development of virtual communities.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0167-8329
Electronic ISSN: 1875-8649
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual communities; collaborative projects; electronic commerce; networks;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3165
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 10:58
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 14:47

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