Sunday, February 10, 2008

Similarities/Differences Online Communities/Online Social Networks/Virtual Communities of Practice


I Need To Tap The Wisdom Of The Web ...

I am interested in the Similarities / Differences of the following related phenomena:

Online Communities

Online Social Networks

Virtual Communities of Practice

I am also interested in Any and All Significant



***Research*** about

>>Virtual Communities of Practice<<

>>Online Communities<<

[I Have Online Social Networks More/Less Covered[:-)]

BTW: I am aware of the Most Excellent Work of danah boyd []





K said...

Hi Gerry,

Have you looked at the work by Mirko Schaefer? I think his research on communities of hardware modders and hackers falls into the community of practice group. You can find his work here:
And scroll down to find "RTFM!", "Made by Users" and "Homework". If you read German, there are other articles as well...

Best, Kim De Vries

GadgetMan said...

Hi Gerry,

My PhD thesis and research has been identifying virtual community and subgroups on the web like in blogs and newsgroups, which I believe is relevant to what you are asking. Please read my publication list for my papers.



Brian Kelly said...

In the UK higher education sector there is a community of institutional Web managers which has developed around thre annual IWMW event (google it) and a number of mailing lists.

This community is starting to explore use of social networks to build on the previous 12 years of working together.

Brian Kelly, UKOLN

Anonymous said...

Hi Gerry,

you may find useful this paper: Ellis, D., Oldridge, R., & Vasconcelos, A. (2004). Community and virtual community. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 38, 145-186. Medford, NJ: Information Today.

The authors illustrate the differences between community and virtual community and community of practice. They also provide examples.


Marisa Ponti

David said...

Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice: A guide to managing knowledge. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Wenger, E. (1999). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Gerry for your continuous flood of SNS connections. Just wanted to promote an excellent example initiated association wide by SLA - several of their chapters and divisions utilize their communities of practice service with a clustered combination of SNS services such as IM, Chat, postings, calendar and other features. You may be a member of SLA and can enter their CoP at
Thanks again.
Stephen Marvin