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Our tour is going to take us to a few communities to demonstrate some different types of online interaction spaces and communities. However, it is important to remember that some of the most vibrant and interesting communities are private spaces where we can't simply drop in. Most professional and business online workgroups and communities fall into these categories. So we'll look at some public approximations of these spaces.
As you tour the spaces, here are a few questions to consider:
If you are part of a scheduled Full Circle Associates tour, you can post your thoughts at our discussion space. Otherwise you will find you have no access to that space.
If you want to find a community on a certain topic, you can also check out the huge number of online discussion spaces cataloged by ForumOne http://www.forumone.com/index/index.php
General Public Discussion Space
Topical Discussion Space
Purposeful/Task Interaction Space
By "purposeful" interaction space, I mean a place where people come to get something particular done or get other's input or information. There are many examples of this, such as http://www.amazon.com' s book reviews (I go there to see what others' said about a certain book), http://www.ebay.com (I go to find out which sellers I can trust, how to find a certain thing) and http://www.webwhiteblue.org, a political action site.
Professional Community Space
More and more professionals and professional groups are going online to interact, get information and transact services typically associated with associations. For example Ehealth, a resources site for physicians, points out the value and location of health professional communities. Most of the sites noted here require membership. Medbiquitous is launching an ambitious effort to build online physician communities. VirSci builds online professional communities. This is getting to be big business!
Some of the professional spaces are designed to be Communities of Practice or CoPs. This is a concept that is being adopted in many professions and businesses. For more on CoP, please see http://www.ewenger.com/ewthemes.html
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