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Research 2.0: Improving participation in online research communities

Ferneley, E, Heinze, A and Child, P 2009, Research 2.0: Improving participation in online research communities , in: European Conference in Information Systems, 2009, Verona, Italy.

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Abstract

Web 2.0 thinking and technologies create a number of new opportunities to conduct research broadly labeled as Research 2.0. Research 2.0 is a growing area of academic and commercial interest, which includes research undertaken in online research communities. This research in progress paper explores the practice of online research communities using a case study example operated by the commercial market research company Virtual Surveys Limited (VSL) in the UK on behalf of their client United Biscuits UK Ltd. The preliminary findings are based on VSL and academics working together to improve the online research community participants’ response rate and the quality of contributions. Data collected for this study is based on meetings, participant observation, and a pilot survey of United Biscuits online research community (snackrs.com) members. Using the responses of 112 snackrs.com community members, a preliminary typology of motivational factors is proposed. This can be used to refine the recruitment and development of activities in an online research community. Also, a model for supporting online research communities to ensure longitudinal engagement based on an adaptation of Salmon’s (2004) 5 Stage Model for e-moderation is proposed, extending the 5 stages to 7 – adding the stages of selection and disengagement

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5410 Marketing. Distribution of products
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr Aleksej Heinze
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2011 15:59
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14628

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