Origins of Community Networks
The Well is one of the original community networks. It springs from the San Francisco Bay Area. While not devoted to education especially, visiting the site will convey the flavor of networked communities among its greatest devotees.
The Community Network Movement provides information, resources and presentations on comunity networks. According to their site, "There is no such thing as a poor community. ... Often, however, the human resources are not appreciated or utilized, partly because people do not have information about each other and about what their neighborhood has to offer."
Estimates of community networks were cited as 600 in 1995-96. Listings and exemplars can be found at the NCSA and Usacitylink Web sites.
The founder of the Well, Howard Rheingold, is an iconoclast, often cited in the media. For him networking=community.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Assistance for Achieving Connectivity
• Directory of Science and Technology Centers Around the World
• EdTech Leaders Online
• Equity Thru Community Technology Centers And Other Models
• Hosting Your Own Web Pages
• National Initiatives: School Exemplars
• Research Resources for Teachers and Librarians
• Setting up an On-Line Community
• Support Networks