Communities and technologies: An approach to foster social capital?

Mark Ackerman*, Marlene Huysman, John M. Carroll, Barry Wellman, Giorgio DeMichelis, Volker Wulf

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    Abstract

    Communities are social entities whose actors share common needs, interests, or practices: they constitute the basic units of social experience. With regard to communities, social capital captures the structural, relational and cognitive aspects of the relationships among their members. Social capital is defined as a set of properties of a social entity (e.g. norms, level of trust, and intensive social networking) which enables joint activities and cooperation for mutual benefit. It can be understood as the glue which holds communities together. On this panel we will discuss whether and how information technology can strengthen communities by fostering social capital.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages406-408
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
    EventComputer Supported Cooperative Work - Conference Proceedings, CSCW 2004 - Chicago, IL, United States
    Duration: 6 Nov 200410 Nov 2004

    Conference

    ConferenceComputer Supported Cooperative Work - Conference Proceedings, CSCW 2004
    CountryUnited States
    CityChicago, IL
    Period6/11/0410/11/04

    Keywords

    • Community
    • Communityware
    • Knowledge Management
    • Social Capital

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