Networked Neighbourhoods: The Connected Community in Context

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Patrick Purcell
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 8, 2007 - Computers - 430 pages
The intricate relationship between information technologies, community, and social memory is critical to a fuller understanding of the evolution of our societies. Telecommunications and information technologies modify the process of accessing and storing data and knowledge, and consequently they also modify our relationship with both social and historical m- ory. Our various virtual communities continue to expand on a planetary scale, and hence the neologism “Global Village”, while concurrently, their physical counterparts are progressively being contained within speci?c contexts and places, often referred to as a process of “localization”. And then, there is the unpredictable evolution of today’s communication s- tems, an evolution that has been de?ned by Albert Einstein as the third bomb of the 20th century, after the atomic bomb and the demographic bomb. Therefore, as communication systems continue to develop, we face new scenarioswithimpreciseboundaries,thatleadtoendlessnewopportunities for establishing the relationship between social memory, community, and information systems. How can the knowledge process dynamic, together with the storing and transmitting of information, sounds, and images through digital devices, affect the communal memory and the way we both conceive of and create communities? We have at least three emerging paradigms that help us to understand the phenomena concerning the evolution of social memory linked with the recent diffusion of communication technologies.
 

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Contents

Networked Neighbourhoods The Purview
3
Connected Community
17
Community Practice in the Network Society Pathways Toward Civic Intelligence
19
Social Networks and the Nature of Communities
47
Community Informatics for Community Developmentthe Hope or HypeIssue Revisited
77
Knowledge and the Local Community
99
A Moving Paradigm 6
111
Community and Communication ARoundedPerspective1
127
The Magic LoungeConnecting Island Communities Through Varied Communication Services
237
The Digital HugEnhancing Emotional Communication by Creative Scenarios
265
Ambient Intelligence HumanAgent Interactions ina Networked Community
279
Mediated Human Communication
306
Beyond Communication Human Connectedness as a Research Agenda
307
The Presence ProjectHelping Older People Engage with Their Local Communities
345
The Roles of Interactive Public Displays in Comparable Settings
373
Serving Visitor Communities A Mediated Experience of the Arts
397

The Research Impetus
158
Connected Lives The Project
161
9 The Impact of the Internet on Local and Distant Social Ties
217

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Patrick Purcell is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Imperial College of Science & Technology, London.

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