Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Steve Clarke [University of Hull (UK)]
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  • ISBN-10: 1591407974
  • ISBN-13: 9781591407973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 589 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released December 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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Advances in computer and telecommunications technologies during the past several decades, have facilitated the creation of virtual communities and organizations throughout the world. As the growth in virtual communities accelerates, researchers are facing new challenges to learn about the latest of research and practices in this fast growing filed. The Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies provides the most inclusive coverage of the concepts and realities in the field of virtual communities and technologies. The hundreds of entries included in this encyclopedia have been authored by 142 leading international researchers, presenting an in-depth analysis of conceptual, technical, and the impacts of virtual environments in our global village. In addition, over 100 entries provide coverage of different types of virtual communities, their social status and impact, and individual and group behavior in these communities. This encyclopedia also offers coverage of upcoming and emerging technologies for virtual communities human-computer interfaces, new networking, mobile computing, web services, and synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Key features include:

  • Numerous contributions from known international scholars providing comprehensive coverage of theory and concepts of Virtual Communities
  • Example of best practices and case studies in in Virtual Communities around the World
  • A compendium of over 800 terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms provided by international experts
  • More than 2,200 comprehensive references
  • Organized by titles and indexed by authors and topics, making it a convenient methods of reference for readers
  • Cross referencing of key terms, figures and information related to Virtual Communities and Applications

Originally published in print format in 2005.



  • Steve Clarke [University of Hull (UK)]