I would like to add two articles to current list.
Kang, N. W. & Choi, J. H. (1999). Structural implications of the
crossposting network of international news in cyberspace. Communication
Research, 26 (4), 454-481.
Paccagnella, L. (1998). Language, network centrality, and response to crisis
in on-line life: A case study on the Italian cyber_punk computer confernce.
The Information Society, 14, 117-135.
>From: Enrique Murillo <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Fitting a core-periphery structure to a Usenet newsgroup
>Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 14:08:46 -0500
>Hello to all Networkers:
>I am using Social Network Analysis to detect and study cohesive subgroups
>in Usenet newsgroups. More specifically, I want to empirically test the fit
>of a core-periphery structure (Borgatti and Everett, 1999) since the "core"
>image is mentioned by several authors who have studied online community in
>newsgroups (Smith, 1999; Tepper, 1997; McLaughlin, Osborne and Smith,
>1994). I will use UCINET V to fit the model (Borgatti, Everett and Freeman,
>I am somewhat puzzled that I've found relatively few articles applying SNA
>to study participant interactions inside well-chosen (i.e. narrowly
>focused) Usenet newsgroups. I would have thought an online discussion group
>is a good place to empirically discover cliques!
>I list the references I've found below. Starting with Smith's really
>excellent article, most applications of SNA to Usenet focus on the
>crossposting links between different newsgroups, rather than the
>interactions of members of a single newsgroup (Smith, 1999; Donath,
>Karahalios and Viegas, 1999; Sack, 2000; Fisher, 2000). I also list the
>references I've found for the recently defined core-periphery network
>structure. If someone can suggest other relevant references, or drop a few
>useful hints (or warnings), I'd be most grateful.
>Since many authors of these research articles are regular readers of this
>list, I also want to use this opportunity to thank them for their work,
>which I promise to give full credit for!
>Barsky, N. (1999) A core/periphery structure in a corporate budgeting
>process. Connections, 22(2). Available online at
>Borgatti, S. and Everett, M. (1999) Models of core/periphery structures.
>Social Networks 21, 375-395.
>Borgatti, S., Everett, M., and Freeman, L. (1999) Ucinet 5 for Windows:
>software for social network analysis. Natick: Analytic Technologies.
>Donath, J., Karahalios, K. and Viegas, F. (1999) Visualizing converstion.
>Journal of computer-mediated communication, 4 (4).
>Available online at http://www.ascusc.org/jcmc/vol4/issue4/donath.html
>Everett, M. and Borgatti, S. (1999) Peripheries of cohesive subsets. Social
>Networks 21, 397-407.
>Faust, K. and Romney, K. (1985) Does STRUCTURE find structure?: a critique
>of Burt's use of distance as a measure of structural equivalence. Social
>Networks 7: 77-103.
>(Thanks to Prof. Freeman for pointing out this reference)
>Fisher, D. (2000) Visualizing social newsgroup interaction. Unpublished
>writeup to CHI 2000 Community Workshop.
>Available online at http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~danyelf/research/comm.pdf
>McLaughlin, M., Osborne, K. and Smith, C. (1994) Standards of conduct on
>Usenet. In Jones, S. (Ed) Cybersociety: computer-mediated communication and
>community. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.
>Muller, C. (1999) Networks of 'personal communities' and 'group
>communities' in different online communication services. First results of
>an empirical study in Switzerland. Paper presented at the Exploring Cyber
>Society Conference, July 5-7 1999, at the University of Northumbria at
>Available online at http://sozweber.unibe.ch/ii/virt/newcastle.html
>Muncer, S., Loader, B., Burrows, R., Pleace, N. and Nettleton, S. (2000)
>Form and structure of newsgroups giving social support: a network approach.
>Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 3(6).
>Sack, W. (2001) Conversation map: an interface for very large-scale
>conversations. Journal of Management Information Systems, 17(3).
>Smith, M. A. (1999) Invisible crowds in cyberspace: mapping the social
>structure of the Usenet. In Smith, M. A. and Kollock, P. (Eds) Communities
>in Cyberspace. Routledge, New York.
>Tepper, M. (1997) Usenet communities and the cultural politics of
>information. In Porter, D. (Ed) Internet culture. Routledge, New York.
Han Woo PARK ([log in to unmask])
President of Communication Graduate Student Association
Dept. Communication, School of Information Studies
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
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