• Camelia GRĂDINARU Universitatea "Al. I. Cuza", Iaşi


scientific communities, online collaboration, strong ties, latent ties, Internet


The development of New Media determined a remarkable cultural change, and beside the technological aspects, it produced a whole range of socially relevant questions. Thus, my paper focuses on the relationship between contemporary scientific research and society, from the perspective of the role played by the new technologies in the creation of scientific communities. I am especially interested in the phenomenon of online cooperation within these communities, and in the way the new technologies (re)shape the scientific research. In discussing online cooperation, we must not leave aside subjects such as helping and sharing behaviors, the problem of costs and benefits, the social ties that are involved or the connection among knowledge, experience and digitalization.


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