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Land, Jennifer Kathleen Mathews – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Genealogists are a community of practice (CoP) that has largely embraced the Internet as a research tool. Genealogists' use of the Internet was investigated using a case study of users of Ancestry.com, a subscription-based online genealogical resource. Data were collected using an online survey, allowing information and communication…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Genealogy, Web Sites, Internet
Wiggins, Andrea – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Citizen science projects involve the public with scientists in collaborative research. Information and communication technologies for citizen science can enable massive virtual collaborations based on voluntary contributions by diverse participants. As the popularity of citizen science increases, scientists need a more thorough understanding of…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Citizen Participation, Observation, Ecology
Li, Pu – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This dissertation aims to investigate how advanced information technologies cope with the various demands of disaster response. It consists of three essays on the exploration of micro-blogging and FOSS environments. The first essay looks at the usage of micro-blogging in the aftermath of the massive 2008 China earthquake and explores the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Risk Management, Cooperation, News Reporting
Morris, Jill – ProQuest LLC, 2011
As the culmination of a two-year long Internet ethnographic study of three separate sites, I use examples of women and minorities fighting against discrimination online to explore the power structures inherent to networks and how these might affect classroom practice. I will show how our ordinary assumptions in rhetoric and composition as well as…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Females, Ethnography, Internet