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CommNets 2.0: Using an Evolutionary Perspective to Examine a Statewide Community Networking Initiative

Kathryn Clodfelter, Wayne Buente and Howard Rosenbaum

(Submission #16)


Community networks have usually been examined as individual entities. In this paper, we summarize ways community networks have been viewed over time, describe Aldrich and Ruef's community evolution perspective, and apply the community evolutionary perspective to community networking activity in the United States. We then propose examining Indiana's community networking initiative as a single organizational community through the lens of evolutionary processes of variation, selection, retention, and struggle. Specifically, we plan to use the evolutionary framework to explain how the content of Indiana's community network websites has changed from 1997 to 2005. This work should be useful to explain how well community networks adapt in the Web 2.0 environment.


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