Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies

Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies

Subhasish Dasgupta (George Washington University, USA)
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Release Date: October, 2005|Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 620
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-563-4
ISBN13: 9781591405634|ISBN10: 1591405637|EISBN13: 9781591407973
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Description:

Advances in computer and telecommunications technologies during the past several decades, have facilitated the creation of virtual communities and organizations throughout the world. As the growth in virtual communities accelerates, researchers are facing new challenges to learn about the latest of research and practices in this fast growing filed.

The Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies provides the most inclusive coverage of the concepts and realities in the field of virtual communities and technologies. This encyclopedia's entries have been authored by over 140 leading researchers from more than 25 countries, presenting an in-depth analysis of the conceptual and technical impacts of virtual environments in our global village. A compendium of over 830 terms and more than 2,250 references to published works on virtual communities are also included. This encyclopedia also offers coverage of upcoming and emerging technologies for virtual communities, human computer interfaces, new networking, mobile computing, Web services, and synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Behavior in virtual communities
  • Case studies in virtual communities and technologies
  • Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Different types of virtual communities and their status
  • Human computer interfaces
  • Individual and group behavior
  • Models for virtual communities
  • Privacy and Security
  • Real-world applications of virtual communities
  • Social Impact
  • Synchronous and asynchronous environments
  • Technical and legal issues
  • Theoretical and practical concepts in virtual communities research
  • Virtual communities and web-enabled technologies
  • Virtual communities for gaming
Reviews & Statements

The Encyclopedia covers timely and relevant issues surrounding the growth, sustainability and implications of interactions in virtual communities. It is an excellent resource for key findings and trends on trust, ethics, security, intellectual property, design and development implications, and offers a holistic list of references relevant to both researchers and practitioners.

– Prof. Katia Passerini, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

[…] a solid reference book about real problems and issues. The 115 articles spread over 600 pages are well supported by research, richly referenced and peppered with case studies.

– Damon Guy, Libraries IT Manager, Slough Libraries and Information Service, UK (Reference Reviews, UK; Vol. 21, No. 2; 2007)
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Editor/Author Biographies
Subhasish Dasgupta is an associate professor of information systems in the School of Business, George Washington University. Dasgupta received his PhD from Baruch College, The City University of New York (CUNY). He received both his MBA and BS from the University of Calcutta (India). He has published his research in refereed journals such as Decision Support Systems, the European Journal of Information System, the Journal of Global Information Management, the Electronic Markets Journal, and the Simulation and Gaming Journal. Dasgupta has published two edited books, Internet and Intranet Technologies in Organizations and Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies. He has also presented his research in major regional, national, and international conferences.
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Editorial Advisory Board
Prof. Dr. Petra Schubert
University of Applied Sciences Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Rohit Rampal
Portland State University,USA

Dr. Reza Barkhi
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA

Dr. Babita Gupta
California State University Monterey Bay. USA

Dr. Constance Knapp
Pace University, USA

Dr. Michael Koch
Institut für Informatik I11 Technische Universität München, Germany

Dr. Åke Grönlund
Örebro University, Sweden

Dr. Srinivas Prasad
George Washington University

Dr. Katia Passerini
New Jersey Institute of Technology