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A Typology of Online Communities and Community Supporting Platforms

2001-01-03 , Stanoevska-Slabeva, Katarina , Schmid, Beat

There is a broad agreement that the establishment of communities among users of online platforms can contribute significantly to the success of the platform. This provoked the demand for guidelines on how to build an online community. Currently, guidelines available in the literature emphasize social and economic aspects of community building and neglect technical aspects. The main hypothesis of the paper is that online communities have two constitutional elements: the community members and the platform. The platform enables online communities by providing a metaphor of a common meeting place and shapes communication with the provided services. Technical aspects therefore have significant effects on community building and an important question is: "What kind of services should a platform have in order to enable, stimulate and foster community building?". The paper tries to provide an answer by identifying community modules and by proposing a typology of online communities and respective community supporting platforms.

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Konzepte zur Bildung von virtuellen Gemeinschaften innerhalb des virtuellen Software Hauses InforamtionObjects

1998-10-01 , Stanoevska-Slabeva, Katarina , Schmid, Beat , Engelien, M. , Bender, K.

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Community Supporting Platforms

2000-01-04 , Stanoevska-Slabeva, Katarina , Schmid, Beat

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Information Objects - The First Virtual Software House in Switzerland

1998-09-28 , Stanoevska-Slabeva, Katarina , Schmid, Beat , Heartsch, Patrick

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Cross-Supplier Bundling of Tourist Products with Multi-Vendor Catalogs

2000-07-03 , Stanoevska-Slabeva, Katarina , Schmid, Beat , Hansen, Hans Robert

Tourist services are one of the most popular products offered online. This has given rise to all service suppliers to offer their products over the Internet. Currently elementary services as hotels, flights or rental cars and travel packages can be booked online. Despite the high interdependence of tourist products there is no possibility for easy and user friendly online bundling of tourist products. In this paper a solution for online bundling of products will be presented based on multi-vendor Electronic Product Catalogs developed with the Q-Technology.