Title: Mobile virtual communities research: a synthesis of current trends and a look at future perspectives

Authors: Christo El Morr, Jalal Kawash

Addresses: School of Health Policy and Management, York University, 4700 Keele Street, HNES Bldg., #433, Toronto ON M3J 1P3, Canada. ' Department of Computer Science, American University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 26666, Sharjah, UAE

Abstract: This article is a synthesis of current research trends in mobile virtual communities. It classifies Mobile Virtual Communities (MVCs) research into appropriate domains, and categorises the different types of virtual communities with respect to three criteria: the degree of virtualisation, the degree of mobility and the degree of cooperation. It also draws some conclusions on future research directions.

Keywords: mobile virtual communities; MVCs; computer supported cooperative work; CSCW; mobile communities; mobility; survey; web based communities; cooperation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2007.015865

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2007 Vol.3 No.4, pp.386 - 403

Available online: 26 Nov 2007 *

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