Virtual Communities: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications (4 Volumes)

Virtual Communities: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications (4 Volumes)

Release Date: October, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 2930
ISBN13: 9781609601003|ISBN10: 1609601009|EISBN13: 9781609601010|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-100-3


Virtual communities have the potential to revolutionize all aspects of modern life, as individuals and groups conduct a significant amount of business and personal networking in online environments.

Virtual Communities: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications thoroughly investigates the development, design, and utilization of virtual organizations and communities and the resulting impact of these venues. This four-volume reference source offers research on the foundation and future of social networking, human-computer interaction, and innumerable applications of virtual worlds, making it an essential addition to any library’s collection.

Topics Covered

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

  • Applications of virtual communities
  • Behavior in virtual communities
  • Communities of Practice
  • Digital Divide
  • Education in virtual communities
  • Privacy and security in virtual worlds
  • Social Computing
  • Social Software
  • Trust in virtual communities
  • User Interface Design

Reviews and Testimonials

The set contributes substantial and valuable material related to virtual communities.

– CHOICE, Vol. 48, No. 11

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) is a research-based professional organization dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of information resources management in modern organizations. IRMA's primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing information resources as key enterprise assets among IRM/IT professionals. IRMA brings together researchers, practitioners, academicians, and policy makers in information technology management from over 50 countries.