[unrev-II] Collaborative tools report

From: Denham Grey (dgrey@iquest.net)
Date: Fri Apr 13 2001 - 07:09:48 PDT

  • Next message: Garold L. Johnson: "RE: [unrev-II] Collaborative Discussion Tools"

    Etienne Wenger has recently produced an excellent overview of
    technologies for communities of practice. His taxonomy has eight
    upperlevel categories :


    Wenger's taxonomy includes:

     - Knowledge desktops [intergration of work & knowledge], (Mongoose,
     - Project spaces [work], (Prism, eRoom).
     - Website communities [social structures], (ArsDigita, CiviServer).
     - Discussion [conversations], (Caucus, UBB).
     - Synchronous interactions [fleeting interactions], (Webex, Centra).
     - e-Learning space [Instruction] (Pensare, BlackBoard).
     - Access to expertise [knowledge exchange] (Tacit AskMe).
     - Knowledge bases [documents] (Wiki, Notes).

    A great chart shows which ones are moving towards the ideal space for
    supporting CoPs. Only CommuniSpace is regarded as having arrived!

    key= [focus], (key examples)

    At $20 for the shareware download for individuals, this is great
    value (not connected!) My comments and some discussion around this
    report is currently underway here:


    I would really like to hear your feedback, should you examine this

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