Community networks: lessons from Blacksburg, Virginia by Andrew Michael Cohill, Andrea L. Kavanaugh

By Andrew Michael Cohill, Andrea L. Kavanaugh

Offered during this paintings is the five-year evolution of the Blacksburg digital Village - the enterprise that associated the electorate of Blacksburg, Virginia, to one another and to the remainder of the realm, completely during the web. It addresses the social, financial, technical and academic influence of dwelling in a "connected town", in accordance with community-wide surveys, concentration teams and data-logging efforts. It additionally describes the basic elements of a neighborhood community, and provides worthy recommendation on designing and constructing an digital neighborhood.

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This chapter discusses the strategies used to help people become accustomed to publishing and using online information. Chapter 12: "Building an Online History Database" by Will Schmidt and Andrew Cohill is the story of the development of a Web-based information tool designed to record the history of an entire community, where everyone in that community is connected and can be an author who contributes either personal or communal accounts of local events. Chapter 13: "Success Factors of the Blacksburg Electronic Village" was written by Andrew Cohill, the current director of the project.

Other possible government roles include the electronic equivalent of postmarks and providing secure repositories for online legal documents. Education With respect to education, we seem to have a national defect of assuming that bigger is better, what I call the atomic bomb approach to solving problems. Americans do not like to take the time to focus on the real problem and then follow through. We prefer to fly over-the problem at 50,000 feet and drop an atomic bomb on it. That way, we do not really have to meet or talk to the people below whose lives will be inevitably changed; we can fly home quickly without any muss or fuss.

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