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Enabling, modeling and interconnecting active community publishers

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dc.contributor.advisor Walter Bender. en_US Turpeinen, Marko Sakari, 1968- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US 2011-05-09T15:11:39Z 2011-05-09T15:11:39Z 2000 en_US 2000 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Media Arts & Sciences, 2000. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 63-66). en_US
dc.description.abstract Over the past four years the research described in this thesis has enabled community groups to become collaborative content producers on the Internet. These groups use computer-mediated networking to publish their stories and to enhance the interaction among the community members and their peers in other groups. This research has resulted in a community publishing tool called Pluto and its revision called Goofy that is nearing its completion. Further, the growth of these communities has led to the need for another system, called SilverWire, to facilitate interaction among communities. SilverWire is a tool for increasing socialization and augmenting communication among communities that actively publish content on the Internet. SilverWire collects and builds models of communities, which form the basis for customized interconnections among communities. Community models are built implicitly by analyzing the contents of the sites that take part in SilverWire and are collected explicitly from questions asked about community purpose, identity and communication. As a result, SilverWire recommends pointers to related community publications and provides comparisons between communities. The goal of the SilverWire system is to be an intermediary that makes communities more aware of other communities doing similar (or interestingly different) work. To evaluate the project I report in detail the progress of one of the groups called the Silver Stringers, which is a local community consisting of approximately 30 senior citizens. The main impacts of the project for the Silver Stringers have been (1) acquiring a new mindset in becoming media content producers, (2) continuous mental stimulation through learning and creating in a group setting, and (3) increased social interaction. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Marko Sakari Turpeinen. en_US
dc.format.extent 82 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.title Enabling, modeling and interconnecting active community publishers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 48591250 en_US

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