Virtual Communities and Community Coordinator
CCLRC Daresbury Lab., DaresburyDOI: 10.1109/SKG.2005.141 Conference: 2005 International Conference on Semantics, Knowledge and Grid (SKG 2005), 27-29 November 2005, Beijing, China
The organization of resources/peers in communities is suggested to be an efficient way for resource discovery, but effectiveness of proposed communities depends on the active role and responsibility of a "community coordinator". Communities are pools of diverse peers/services sharing and controlling resources and which have "agreed" to co-operate to enhance their usability; such co-operation needs coordination mechanism, negotiated policies, monitoring and leadership to re-solve disputes. In this paper we will outline the role of a community coordinator to sustain the effective working of the community and to provide the general framework for community formation. This work is related to our previous and on going work on "community formation "  and . Main focus of this paper is to address expectations from the coordinator along with its responsibilities and capabilities.
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ABSTRACT: Due to limited resources, organizations are constantly facing challenges. To take advantage of new opportunities and mitigate possible risks they look for new ways to collaborate with each other, sharing knowledge and competencies. Hence, coordination among partners is critical to achieve success. The segmented South African public sector is no different. Driven by the desire to ensure proper service delivery in the sector, various government bodies and service providers play different roles towards common goals. As such, continuous coordination is required between the role players. This paper investigates Virtual Communities as a possible coordination artifact for supporting sustainable coordination within the South African public sector. The paper commences with a brief introduction. Thereafter, the paper carefully defines the notion of sustainable coordination. It continues then to show that Virtual Communities indeed support the requirements for sustainable coordination. Having argued this at a theoretical level, the paper moves to show how this may be applicable to the South African situation. The paper concludes by emphasizing on the value of virtual communities as separate entities to attain sustainable coordination service provision in the South African public sector. KeywordsSustainable coordination-Coordination mechanisms-Virtual Communities-South African public sector
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