Volkmar Pipek, Gabriela Avram, Fiorella De Cindio
When the first Communities and Technologies (C&T) conference took place in 2003 in Amsterdam (and then biannually), the international research interest in online communities had risen to a new peak. While the roots of the discourse of that time can be traced back to various disciplines like human-computer interaction, information systems, social psychology, and sociology (and other subdisciplines like computer-mediated communication, computer-supported cooperative work, participatory design, etc.), a significant group of researchers saw the need to establish a stronger forum that would unite these existing discourses. This forum would concentrate on the fit between improved technological opportunities and the…
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