Virtual Community Building and the Information Society: Current and Future Directions

Virtual Community Building and the Information Society: Current and Future Directions

Christo El Morr (York University, Canada) and Pierre Maret (Université St. Etienne, France)
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Release Date: August, 2011|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 300
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-869-9
ISBN13: 9781609608699|ISBN10: 1609608690|EISBN13: 9781609608705
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Emergent technologies, including ambient intelligence and pervasive computing, promise a considerable advance in the way people use virtual communities, and new, innovative applications are making virtual communities more dynamic and usable than ever.

Virtual Community Building and the Information Society: Current and Future Directions offers a holistic approach to virtual communities, providing relevant theoretical frameworks and presenting the latest empirical research on virtual technology, infrastructures, content modeling, knowledge modeling, content management, context awareness, mobility, security and trust. It also explores the social impact and applications of virtual communities, providing valuable insights for professionals, researchers, and managers in fields including information systems, computer science, knowledge management, software engineering, healthcare, business, information and communication sciences, education, and sociology who want to improve their understanding of the strategic role of virtual communities in the information society.


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

  • Applications of virtual communities
  • Social impact of virtual communities
  • Virtual Communities
  • Virtual Communities and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Virtual Communities and Trust
  • Virtual Community Building
  • Virtual Community Infrastructures
  • Virtual Technologies and Ambient Intelligence
  • Virtual Technologies and Content Modeling
  • Virtual Technology
Reviews and Testimonials

"This book is of importance as it provides its readers with an understanding of this phenomenon, and my hope is that it will both enable and inspire these readers to leverage virtual communities in such a way that society, politics, and the economy will be positively shaped for future generations."

– Dr. Robin Teigland Stockholm School of EconomicsStockholm, Sweden

This volume brings together 12 chapters authored by 23 international scholars and practitioners on virtual community building in any arena. Separated into four sections, the work addresses creating virtual communities, monitoring virtual communities, stimulating virtual communities through participation and awareness, and the semantics, identity, and governance in responsive communities. These research-based chapters are not for the novice looking for basic introductions to creating and using virtual communities, but rather are geared toward the experienced user of virtual communities and collaboration in general who is looking for research-based knowledge to guide and support their decisions. A detailed table of contents, compilation of references, and index make this work valuable as a reference, and readers with specific interests can quickly find chapters or sections relevant to their needs. While some chapters include key terms and definitions, not all do.

– Sara Marcus
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Editor/Author Biographies
Prof. Christo El Morr (PhD Biomedical Engineering, Compiègne University of Technology-France, 1997) is an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics and the Undergraduate Program Director at the school of Health Policy and Management, York University, Canada. His cross-disciplinary research covers healthcare informatics, computer science and computer engineering. His research interests focus on Health Virtual Communities and Mobile Communities, he also has research interests in Software Accessibility for people with Visual Disability, PACS, and Electronic Health Records. He has published books, chapters, and articles in these areas. He consulted for international organizations and was an Expert Reviewer for the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario.
Pierre Maret received a PhD in computer science in 1995. He is presently a professor at the University of Lyon in Saint Etienne, France. His research interests are in virtual communities, social networks, context awareness and knowledge modeling.
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Editorial Review Board
• Prof. Bert-Jan van Beijnum, University of Twente, Netherlands
• Prof. Cécile Bothorel, Institut Telecom Bretagne, France
• Prof. Fabien Gandon, Inria Sophia Antipolis, France
• Prof. Harry Halpin, W3C, United Kingdom
• Prof. Ioannis Apostolakis, National School of Public Health, Greece
• Prof. Jacques Calmet, Karlsruhe Intitute of Technology, Germany
• Prof. Jörn Altmann, Seoul National University, South-Korea
• Prof. Olivier Boissier, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, France
• Prof. Philip Robinson, SAP Research CEC Belfast, UK
• Prof. Rajendra Akerkar, Western Norway Research Institute (Vestlandsforsking), Norway
• Prof. Sabah Mohammed, Lakehead university, Canada
• Prof. Xavier Boucher, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, France