Building an electronic scientific community

Bruce R. Schatz

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The Community Systems project is building an electronic scientific community, by collecting "all" the knowledge of a scientific community into a digital library and developing the systems technology to transparently manipulate this library over nationwide networks. The community members are scientists studying the nematode worm C. elegans, a model organism in molecular biology. The community system will encode their knowledge into an information space, with the goal of supporting retrieval and annotation of formal and informal data and information for any biologist with a personal computer and a NREN connection. This paper introduces community systems, the worm community and its knowledge, technology and sociology solutions, and an evolving prototype with plans for its propagation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number184208
Pages (from-to)739-748
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
Event24th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 1991 - Kauai, United States
Duration: Jan 8 1991Jan 11 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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