Cerro-L. Structure and development of a virtual research community in regional economics.

Gunther Maier, Sabine Sedlacek, Stan Brunn

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The public computer network Internet is used intensively in research and scholarly communication. An important tool for the immediate exchange of research ideas and scholarly arguments is e-mail based discussion lists. E-mail messages sent to such a discussion list are distributed automatically to hundreds or even thousands of recipients worldwide. In this paper we discuss the role of e-mail based discussion lists in scholarly communication and analyze the structure and the development of CERRO-L, a Regional Economics oriented discussion list with focus on regional economic development in Central Europe. We will analyze the structure of subscribers and contributors to CERRO-L, and the content of their messages, the major topics, themes, and places (countries and regions) discussed. With this analysis we want to be able to answer questions like the following: "To what extent can e-mail discussion lists tie together research communities?" "How stable are such communities?"; "Can e-mail discussion lists help overcome some of the limitations (spatial, cultural, language) of more traditional means of scholarly discussion?"; "How focused are discussions on e-mail based discussion lists?"; "What does electronic communication portend about scholarly exchanges and communities?"; "What are the impacts of such communication on the formation, structure, and dissemination of knowledge itself?"
Titel des SammelwerksEuropean Regional Science Association 36th European Congress ETH Zurich, Switzerland 26-30 August 1996
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1996