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Subject: Summary of the discussions on large online community research
From: Jeff Yan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jeff Yan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 6 Sep 2005 21:38:17 +0200

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In the past week, I received a number of replies to my enquiry about large
online community research.  I really appreciate all the friends who show
interest in this topic and took part in the discussion. The following is a
brief summary of the suggestions and references.

Two directions were suggested to do the research.  One is the small world
framework. Another direction, suggested by Ted Welser, is to collect all the
message headers from the group longitudinally, and use replied as a measure
of ties.  Ted is doing a Netscan project, which collects all message headers
from Usenets since 1999 and formed a database with 1 billion message

A number of references were provided.

Newman, M. E. J.  2003  The Structure and Function of Complex Networks  SIAM
Review 2003 Vol. 45. No. 2. pp. 167-256

Ravid, Gilad. Shizaf Rafaeli. Asynchronous discussion groups as small world
and scale free networks. (The references
of this paper cover many latest works in network research with downloadable
linkage). Another relevant work of Gilad can be downloaded from

Watts, J. Duncan.  The "new" science of networks.  Annual Review of
Sociology.  2004. 30:243-70

Aviv, Reuven.  Erlich, Zippy.  Ravid, Gilad.  Geva, Aviva.  Network analysis
of knowledge construction asynchronous learning networks.  JALN Volume 7,
Issue 3.

Computer Networks as Social Networks: Collaborative Work, Telework, and
Virtual Community.  Barry Wellman, Janet Salaff, Dimitrina Dimitrova, Laura
Garton, Milena Gulia, Corline Haythornthwaite.  Annual Review of Sociology,
Vol 22 (1996), 213 - 238

Academic communication and Internet discussion groups: transfer of
information or creation of social contacts.  Uwe Matzat.  Social networks 26
(2004) 221-255

A book: The Virtual Handshake--Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online( )

Thanks again for the information provided.


Jie Yan
Assistant Professor
Grenoble Ecole de Management
12, Rue Pierre Semard - BP 127
38003 Grenoble Cedex 01, France
Tel:  0033 4 7670 6071
Fax: 0033 4 7670 6139
Email: [log in to unmask]

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