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Wikis and other E-communities are Changing the Web

, IICM, Graz University of Technology, Austria ; , Graz University of Technology, Austria

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In this paper we will argue that WWW is currently going through a revolutionary phase, not because of technology but because of applications. Many are talking about Web 2.0 when they refer to those changes. Although Weblogs (blogs) and Wikis are the best-known of those develop-ments and their advantages and main applications will be outlined, there are many other applica-tions around e-Communities (Web-communities) that receive a huge amount of attention. We believe that the main contribution of this paper is that we point out a large number of websites corre-sponding to the different types of applications, i.e. this paper is an ideal starting point for both the novice in Web 2.0 as well as the expert, who will also find some new leads. The original idea of file-sharing "peer to peer" as inaugurated in a big way by Napster is ebbing, both for technical and legal reasons, but is more and more replaced by client-sever models allowing the sharing of just about anything: from pictures, to video-clips, etc. Implications are huge: the newspaper with the largest number of reporters (mind you, free-lancers) is now fed by a large community, so are Wikipedia and similar undertakings, but also more unorthodox communities like sharing book-marks, building communities of friends, multi-person games, on-line dating, selling or buying without any one between seller and buyer are becoming more and more common place. In this talk, the huge variety of such services is discussed from a number of angles, many examples are given, and the long list of reference (i.e. URLs) gives an easy way to enter this new world of experience and opportunity.


Maurer, H. & Schinagl, W. (2006). Wikis and other E-communities are Changing the Web. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2858-2866). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 30, 2022 from .



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