From Usenet to CoWebs

Interacting with Social Information Spaces

  • Christopher Lueg
  • Danyel Fisher

Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction to Online Studies and Usenet

  3. Studying Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Marc A. Smith
      Pages 47-78
    3. Steve Whittaker, Loen Terveen, Will Hill, Lynn Cherny
      Pages 79-91
    4. Blair Nonnecke, Jenny Preece
      Pages 110-132
  4. Enhancing Spaces

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-262

About this book


This book provides an overview of interfaces to social information spaces, illustrated by several contemporary systems including Usenet News and CoWebs. Beginning with a general outline of those systems and a history of Usenet News, it looks at the problems of exploring virtual communities and distributed information systems, and of finding information in electronic environments. It outlines the successes and failures of traditional approaches like information filtering, collaborative filtering and information retrieval, and assesses new approaches such as visualisations of social processes and social navigation.

Among the key questions covered are: 
- What aspects of an online group are important to its participants? 
- How can the specific characteristics of a social information space be used to improve the design of the interface?

From Usenet to CoWebs will be essential reading for practitioners working on information spaces, conferencing systems, virtual communities and innovative interfaces to information spaces. It will also provide useful background reading for anyone studying or researching in these areas.


CSCW / HCI Design Interaction Interface Layers Usenet Virtual Communities data mining environment information system navigation online visualization

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Lueg
    • 1
  • Danyel Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Information TechnologyUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Information and Computer ScienceUniversity of California IrvineIrvineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-532-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0057-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1496
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