International collaborative (about 100 researchers) quantitative content
> 3000 e-mails from 30 online discussion groups (news and lists), 46 variable codebook;
Variety of research questions operating on the units message, thread and list.
[Context: CMC; variety of approaches]
Kumiko Aoki (1994)
"Virtual Communities in Japan"
Aizu Izumi (1994)
"Community Networking in Japan. A Working Draft Prepared for Community Network Conference May 4-6, Cupertino, U.S.A."
Papers by K. Akahori, S. Fujitani, M. Ishihara (Tokyo Institute of Technology),
e.g. extraction of topics (via keywords and key sentences) from educational mailinglists as service to newcomers
Y. Yano, H. Ogata, T. Fukui, N. Furugori et. al. (Tokushima University)
System for finding possible collaborators (PeCo) etc.