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virtual professional community
With the feature of information integration, the virtual community has recently been widely applied. The purpose of this study is to identify the demands and experiences of humanities researchers in virtual community and provide functional suggestions for the prototype of the community for Naxi manuscript in order to realize the recognition of interviewees towards virtual professional community. Based on the above objectives, the approach of interview survey is framed with the concepts of virtual community conceived from literature review. The survey participants are ten college instructors and ten college students. The aim is to identify these twenty interviewees’ experiences in virtual community and the functional and instructional demands of the community on the theme of Naxi manuscript. Finally, the survey results are compared and analyzed. The research has indicated that the types of virtual community that interviewed instructors use are mainly the knowledge sharing platforms, such as Wikipedia. And the interviewed students have a more diverse type of community participations. The main motivation of the interviewed instructors utilizing the community is to data mine academic information while interviewed students are trying to solve problems of everyday life. In addition, the major channel that instructors get to know the virtual community is through website searching while students are through the referrals from colleagues. The purpose of interviewees in the community is to browse information rather than to interact with others. The ideological issues irrelevant to the community and non-first language utilization are the difficulties that interviewees have encountered. As for the functional suggestions of virtual community that studies Naxi manuscript, the interviewees disapprove the mechanism of professional’s recommendation, and the interviewees have different levels of acceptance on the function of instant messaging provided by the community. Besides, the interviewees consider that the role of community administrator is relatively important when the virtual community provides the function of co-editing while overloaded member contacts are repelled. In conclusion, this study proposes suggestions as follows: Virtual professional community requires the position of community administrator to identify and label the academic information provided by the members, request them to provide references to maintain the authority of the information and supply the members with the related according to the theme of the community in order to suffice for the demands of academic researches.
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