Workshop: Research Issues in the Design of Online Communities

CHI 99
Pittsburgh, PA
May 16th-17th, 1999


Amy Bruckman (College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Workshop Committee:

Thomas Erickson (TJ Watson Research Center, IBM)
Wendy Kellogg (TJ Watson Research Center, IBM)
Lee Sproull (Management, Boston University)
Barry Wellman (Sociology, University of Toronto)

Online communities are rapidly becoming a part of how we work, play, and learn. But how are they designed? What is already known in this emerging field? What are the key questions for future research? Research in this field is interdisciplinary, drawing on diverse fields including anthropology, architecture, computer science, human factors engineering, political science, psychology, and sociology. This workshop aims to bring people from these diverse fields together.