The mutual development of role, rule, and tool through the VCOM project

Shoko Miyagawa, Ikuyo Kaneko

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Communities on the Internet have developed to the stage where they are no longer a mere "virtual existence". Though these network communities have little to do with "real society", they are nonetheless a very real existence as they have a substantial and firm effect on society. To enhance the activities of network communities, utilization of IT tools is indispensable. However, design and development of community-oriented tools is not an easy task because tools should reflect the characteristics shared in the communities, which never cease to change. In this paper, we propose three aspects to characterize network communities: role, rule and tool. We will also introduce the interpenetration of these three aspects through the activities of the VCOM project, which is driven by Keio University. Finally, we discuss the indispensable characteristics of IT tools for network communities, which are regarded as having an important role to play as a real existence in the future society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Cities - Technologies, Experiences, and Future Perspectives
EditorsToru Ishida, Katherine Isbister
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540672654
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Event1st Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, 1999 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 1999 Sept 11999 Sept 1

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume1765 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other1st Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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