On the exploitation of relationships in online communities of practice
by G. Gkotsis, Nikos Karacapilidis, Nikos Tsirakis
International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise (IJCENT), Vol. 2, No. 1, 2011

Abstract: Numerous tools aiming at facilitating or enhancing collaboration among members of diverse communities have been already deployed and tested over the web. Taking into account the particularities of online communities of practice, this paper introduces a framework for mining knowledge that is hidden in such settings. Our motivation stems from the criticism that contemporary tools receive regarding lack of active participation and limited engagement in their use, partially due to their inability of identifying and meaningfully exploiting important relationships among community members and collaboration-related assets. Particular attention is given to the identification of requirements imposed by contemporary communities and learning contexts. Our overall approach elaborates and integrates issues from the disciplines of data mining and social networking.

Online publication date: Wed, 15-Jun-2011

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