The use of the Internet to activate latent ties in scholarly communities

Paul Genoni, Helen Merrick, Michele Willson

Abstract



This paper presents the results of a survey on the use of the Internet by university-based scholars to contact unknown peers. These contacts are considered as examples of the activation of “latent ties” which are said to exist within communities with associated interests. The research indicates that the Internet facilitates the activation of these ties and that the degree to which it is used for this purpose is associated with academic rank.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v10i12.1301



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