Maintaining the Connections that Sustain Community
An ethnographic study details the process of collaborative creation of 'Websong', a presentation that enacts a cycle of cataclysm, lament and renewal.
||Ethnography, Communities of Practice, Sustainable Communities, Reflexivity, The Web
International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.83-88.
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Patricia Gillard holds the inaugural Chair of Communication at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is an experienced researcher of audiences and users for broadcast and online media as well as telecommunications. Recent consultancy work has included ten projects for the National Library of Australia including two evaluations of the award-winning pictureaustralia.org. Other projects include development of a client-based Access Queensland website, evaluation of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Ausstats website and study of information requirements of people with disabilities for the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, Brisbane.
In 2001, Patricia worked at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC on a Fulbright Professional Fellowship, conducting an evaluation of the innovative website, History Wired.org.si.edu. Her most recent work documents processes of collaborative artistic work in one Community of Practice
Dr Catherine Laudine is an anthropologist from the University of Newcastle who has a particular interest in environmental anthropology and the anthropology of performance and art. Her doctorate considered the ways that groups have expressed their environmental concerns by artistic means and developed a sense of community - with other people and with the world of nature.
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