Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise: Future Trends in Knowledge Creation and Dissemination

Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise: Future Trends in Knowledge Creation and Dissemination

Tatjana Takševa (Saint Mary's University, Canada)
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Release Date: October, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 427|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2178-7
ISBN13: 9781466621787|ISBN10: 1466621788|EISBN13: 9781466621794
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The new generation of internet technologies and web applications is seeing a growth in social software and networking, as well as other communications tools. This infrastructure of social interaction and collaboration has provided an increase in more dynamic user participation and expertise in knowledge of contents and facts traditionally only held by experts.

Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise: Future Trends in Knowledge Creation and Dissemination examines the vital role that social software applications play in regards to the cultural definitions of experts and challenges the reader to consider how recent changes in this area influence how we create and distribute knowledge. This collection brings together scholars and practitioners from various disciplines and professions to project a new kind of thinking about the understanding of the major changes in many professions.

Topics Covered

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

  • Academic Libraries
  • Collective Expertise
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Distributed Expertise
  • Experts and Expertise
  • Higher Education
  • Knowledge Creation
  • Knowledge Dissemination
  • Materialization of Knowledge
  • Pedagogy
  • Scholarship
  • Social Media
  • Social Software

Reviews and Testimonials

Contributors from a wide range of disciplines look at how digital technologies have changed the production, dissemination, and definition of knowledge, and where this might lead to. They cover expertise and the changing nature of knowledge creation and dissemination in the web 2.0 environment, changing expert environments in the university and in the areas of research and scholarship, reimagining pedagogical expertise, and case studies of collective or decentralized expertise. Among the topics are Wikipedia's success and the rise of the amateur expert, Google scholar as the co-producer of scholarly knowledge, teaching political science students to find and evaluate information in the social media flow, faculty and undergraduate perceptions of expertise within social media, and interaction and expertise in an Appalachian music archive.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise: Future Trends in Knowledge Creation and Dissemination introduces an outstanding reflection about the implications of social software, from a perspective of user expertise. The book is well-structured and gratifying to read, presenting pertinent and up-to-date articles. The articles cover the main issues on the topic, considering both theoretical and empirical view points, as well as presenting case studies. […]I have reached the conclusion that it is an important piece of work for those who are concerned with the way social media changes communication and knowledge dissemination in several environments.

– Ana Azevedo, Algoritmi R&D Center/University of Minho, Portugal and ISCAP/Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Tatjana Takševa studied Literature and Linguistics at the University of Belgrade, Former Yugoslavia, and the Humanities at York University, Canada. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Canada. Currently, she is Associate Professor at the Department of English at Saint Mary’s University, Canada, where she teaches courses in literature and culture. In addition to having published a monograph on 17th century reading habits in the manuscript medium and models of literary knowledge dissemination, as well as scholarly articles on literary subjects, she is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on ICT, pedagogy, cross-cultural communication and the digital humanities. Her research interests are focused on how different media in historical contexts affect human cognition, as well as cultural models of knowledge creation and dissemination.