Communautés Virtuelles, Agents intelligents

SPÉCIALITÉ : Projet innovation conception
option gestion de la connaissance
Responsable specialite: Ahmed Bounfour
20 heures - 3 credits

Thierry Nabeth (Thierry.NABETH AT

Claudia Roda (croda AT
Université de Marne La Vallée
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The American University of Paris
News   - Last updated: October 2005
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In class discussions
(Due by next class unless differently indicated)


17:00 - 21:00

General requirements for Internet and email. Each week: post reactions to the week's readings and assignments on your personal Blogs.

Final essay is due on 21.11.2004

important information


  • Introduction to virtual communities (PPT PPT-FR- Claudia)
  • Introduction to main issues. (PPT - Thierry)
  • Identification of interest subjects
  • Creation of personal Blogs to keep class diary, assignments, and whatever else you like

Definition of community and virtual community

Suggested: Introduction to Communities in Cyberspace Kollock & Smith 1999, Wiki virtual community 

Chapter 1 of Rheingold 1993

A0: choose one of the articles on Blogs published in the wiki and prepare a short presentation. Publish your presentation on your Blog (addresses of blogs are available here).


17:00 - 21:00

Virtual communities analysis

Results of assignment A0: Presentation of articles on blogs.

Required: Nielsen 20.9.2004

Suggested: recent economist article on craiglist (local, text only); Transparency and trust in blog journalism, Blanchard 2004 (local copy) , Lampa 2004 (local copy) , Wei 2004 (local copy )

Suggested exercise: Community Types

Assignments due on 7.11:

  • A1. Newsgroups and Mailing lists
  • Read and comment the blogs of other students
  • Provide a short summary (about one page) of how you will develop your final essay
7.11 17:00 - 21:00

Creating, growing, and sustaining virtual communities

  • Sociability and usability of some common tools (PPT, PPT-FR, Claudia)
  • WIKIs
  • Interpersonal Communication, common ground and social interaction in large groups (PPT Claudia)
  • Community-centred development (PPT Claudia)
  • ESV (Claudia/Thierry)
  • Collaborative knowledge construction and knowledge sharing (Thierry)
Presentation of results of assignment 1: Newsgroups and Mailing Lists

Nabeth, Roda Les espaces sociaux virtuels: approches, pratiques émergentes et perspectives (PDF)


A3 (suggested). VC tools.

Assignment due on 14.11:
before reading the paper below, please indicate what sort of information you would expect to be able to find in the paper given its title.
Read the paper
Les espaces sociaux virtuels: approches, pratiques émergentes et perspectives and act as an academic reviewer for the paper.This means that you should write a commentary addressing the following questions:

  • Give a short summary of what you believe are the most important issues addressed in the paper
  • What (if anything) did you learn from the paper?
  • What issues should have been addressed to supply a better overview of the use of digital tools for knowledge management?
  • Please supply any further comment you believe relevant.


  • Group 1: sections: 1, 2, 3, 7. Bruno Duville, Dominique Giffa, Fabien Maratier
  • Group 2: sections: 1, 2, 4 Christelle Bordelais, Laetitia Legros, Mouna Ben Mahmoud
  • Group 3: section: 1, 2, 5: Lourdes Raquel Llican Sanchez, Annick Kong
  • Group 4: section: 1, 6: Nicolas Benitez, Malek Ferjani
14.11 17:00 - 21:00

People and Virtual Communities

  • People differences (theories and consequences (Thierry)

Agents and cognition (AI) (Thierry)

(User modeling, Cognitive agents, Profiling exploiting social traces, agents as community members, embodied agents, conversational agents, ECA)





21.11 17:00 - 21:00

Individual Students' presentations (about 1/2 hour each)