Int. J. of Web Based Communities   »   2011 Vol.7, No.1

 

 

Title: Moving from MOOsburg

 

Author: John M. Carroll, Philip L. Isenhour

 

Addresses:
College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, 307H Information Sciences and Technology Building, University Park, PA 16802-6823, USA.
Virginia Tech Center for Human-Computer Interaction, 2202 Kraft Drive, KWII Building (0106), Blacksburg, VA 24061-0106, USA

 

Abstract: In this paper, we describe a ten-year project to develop a 'next-generation' computational infrastructure for community networks. Our design work was inspired by the paradigm of web-based hypermedia exemplified by the Blacksburg Electronic Village. We incorporated user interface ideas from multi-user domains, virtual environments, and geospatial information systems, and tried to emphasise place-based user interactions and applications. We called this infrastructure for community networking MOOsburg. As the project progressed, we have continuingly reweighed the original orienting design issues and trade-offs, and we have revised and refined our design approach. In our reconstruction, an important theme in this design work, one that transcends and integrates the specific design approaches we investigated, was support for greater coherence in collaborative community activity.

 

Keywords: activity awareness; MOOsburg; Blacksburg Electronic Village; community informatics; community networks; design history; multi-user domains; place-based online environments; virtual environments; geospatial information systems; user interactions; web based communities; online communities; virtual communities.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2011.038123

 

Int. J. of Web Based Communities, 2011 Vol.7, No.1, pp.4 - 27

 

Available online: 18 Jan 2011

 

 

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