A Semiotic, Holistic and Systems Approach to
Understanding Public Goods and Participation
in Virtual Communities of Practice
The author would like readers to consider this as work in progress and welcomes any comments or suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally submitted as a dissertation as part of BA (Hons) Modern Languages and Information Systems at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK in January 2002.
This version 24/07/2003.
Once upon a time, computers were not social beings. 1
Table of Contents
Resumen en Español / Summary in Spanish
Semiotics and its role in meaning creation in the context of discussion lists
What's the CLIMATE like in your community?
Language and Identity
Communities and the management of knowledge
Interaction versus Participation
Potential barriers to participation
Within the systems approach
Outside the sytems approach
Trust the information?
Artefacts as Public Goods and Generalised Exchange
Community Informatics discussion list
Figure 1: Mathematical View of Communications
Figure 2: Generalised View of Communications
Figure 1: The Knowledge Spiral
1.Wellman, 2001, p.2031.