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The creation of internet communities: A brief history of on-line distribution of working papers through NEP, 1998-2010

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  • Batiz-Lazo, Bernardo
  • Krichel, Thomas

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This paper adds to the growing literature on the formation of online communities from an historical perspective by telling of the emergence and development of a service for speedy, online distribution of recent additions to the broad literatures on economics and related areas called NEP: New Economics Papers as well as the online community that grew around it. We provide details of the social and technological challenges for its construction as well as the evolution of its governance. The development of NEP provides an illustrative example for the kind of new business models that have emerged as the Internet has been used by creative minds to provide existing services in a new way.

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  • Batiz-Lazo, Bernardo & Krichel, Thomas, 2010. "The creation of internet communities: A brief history of on-line distribution of working papers through NEP, 1998-2010," MPRA Paper 27085, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:27085
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      by bbatiz in NEP-HIS blog on 2010-01-16 22:30:13

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    1. Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo, 2015. "A Dainty Review of the Business and Economic History of Chile and Latin America," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 42(2 Year 20), pages 5-16, December.
    2. Bernardo Batiz-Lazo & Rasol Eskandari & John Goddard, 2013. "Online publishing and citation success in the business and economic history of Spain, 1997-2011," Working Papers 13003, Bangor Business School, Prifysgol Bangor University (Cymru / Wales).
    3. Novarese, Marco & Wilson, Chris M., 2013. "Being in the Right Place: A Natural Field Experiment on List Position and Consumer Choice," MPRA Paper 48074, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    digital libraries; online communities; open source; New Economic Papers (NEP); RePEc;

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    • N8 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History
    • A31 - General Economics and Teaching - - Multisubject Collective Works - - - Multisubject Collected Writings of Individuals
    • L63 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Microelectronics; Computers; Communications Equipment

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