Chapter 3The Power of Crowds:Varieties of Collaboration

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By Billy Cripe and Philipp Weckerle

In 1968, J.C.R. Licklider and Robert W. Taylor predicted the advent of “communities not of common location, but of common interest.” Although the first generation Internet and Web provided some compelling examples and beta-versions, it is really with the Web 2.0 applications that these “virtual communities” have become a reality.

David J. Gunkel, Professor of Communication, Northern Illinois University

In today’s business environment, most organizations share dramatically similar enterprise information infrastructures. All businesses have some kind of in-house data storage technology, ...

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