The rise of social software and the proliferation of social networking tools represents a relatively recent cultural phenomenon. The attitudes and behaviors of virtual communities and social groups goes beyond the distributed technological platforms being deployed and requires new conceptualizations and understandings of communities and their corresponding ontologies.
The Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies examines the impact of new technologies and explores how social software and developing community ontologies are challenging the way we operate in a connected, distributed, and increasingly performative space. Through authoritative contributions by a vast group of international experts in this subject area, this book provides important new insights into where new social technologies and emergent behaviors are leading us.
Sebastian Fiedler and Kai Pata (Tallinn University, Estonia) authored Chapter XI: Distributed Learning Environments and Social Software: In Search for a Framework of Design of this recent IGI Global publication, edited by Stylianos Hatzipanagos and Steven Warburton from King’s College London, UK.