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Sustaining Online Communities involving Seniors


Burmeister, OK and Foskey, R and Hazzlewood, J and Lewis, RV, Sustaining Online Communities involving Seniors, Journal of Community Informatics, 8, (1) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1712-4441 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Many online communities involving seniors have come into existence, yet not all of these have survived. There are numerous reasons for success and failure in the creation, management and maintenance of these online communities. Through an exploration of two communities, NEAT and GreyPath, numerous factors are uncovered for the successful sustenance of such online communities. Both communities have reached maturity successfully, one continues to enjoy success, the other is on the precipice of continuing to survive or to cease to exist. Two critical success factors discovered were valuing members in peer based interaction through a flat structure, and hybridity

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Ageing, design, human computer interaction, reflexivity.
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Hazzlewood, J (Dr June Hazzlewood)
ID Code:82110
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-01-16
Last Modified:2013-05-10
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