JRA6: Virtual Communities. Chris Marsden (Sussex ). Objectives. to distill knowledge and best practices to develop social design methodologies for experimentation within virtual communities including user needs analysis and impact on design choices affecting future Internet
JRA6: Virtual Communities
Chris Marsden (Sussex)
Short summary document
R6.3/4 Exploring e-democracy/e-voting
Two correlated & complementary Internet roles
consensus building process around new political actors, interest groups and/or public body initiatives.
supporting emerging forms of political participation,
new channel to make citizen’s voice heard.
Online social networks and virtual communities
as starting point for newborn political initiatives
R6.1 Overview of user needs analysis
With ULANC, IBBT, MLS
Develop needs analysis
based on methodologies such as
user experience, anthropology, sociology, economics, network analysis.
Explore the role of communities
hierarchical or centrally coordinated
in both commercial and community ownership.
Series of events with relevant JRAs
also with external communities.
R6.2 Mutual impact between virtual Internet and human social communities
With CNR, ULANC, NKUA, MLS
Analyze mutual dependence between
virtual communities and
underlying human social communities
(not necessarily mediated by ICT).
To what extent known behaviours emerge within these virtual communities as a result of properties like common interests/preferences.