Research and communication in the `invisible collegea of the Human Dimensions of Global Change

  • Brunn S
  • OLear S
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Abstract

The human dimensions of global change research community includes scholars in the natural and social sciences working in universities and government laboratories who share common interests and who communicate with each other through journals, workshops, and conferences and via the Internet. Information and communication technologies, in particular, e-mail, listservs, and the WWW, where speed and low cost are key features, from the backbone of an `electronic invisible collegea. The results of a survey of scientists attending the Laxenburg conference in 1997 illustrates the transdisciplinary and international nature of HDGC research, the local and international scale of research, their commitment to public policy, and their increased use of the Internet for networking, data acquisition and analysis, and publication.

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  • cutting-edge research
  • electronic scholarly networks

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  • S Brunn

  • S OLear

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