Actors–media–qualities: a generic model for information retrieval in virtual
ISSN der Zeitschrift
10th International Conferenceon Innovative Internet Community Systems (I2CS) – Jubilee Edition 2010 –
Regular Research Papers
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
The article presents a model of the structural properties of virtual communities and the information they can access. It argues that a large part of the information – and actually knowledge – present in virtual communities can be identified by a graph structure that consists of three node types – actors, media and qualities – as well as the relations that connect them. Based on these relations, information retrieval and other inference mechanisms can be mapped into the model.