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Recreating community: a virtual case study.

  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.

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  • Date:

    30 November 1998

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  • Publisher

    IOS Press

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004 Data processing & computer science


Hall, H. (1998). Recreating community: a virtual case study. Education for Information. 17(3), 253-258. ISSN 0167-8329



virtual communities; collaborative projects; electronic commerce; networks;

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