Measuring social capital in the domain of Community Wireless Networks

Abdelnasser M. Abdelaal, Hesham H. Ali

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Abstract

The literature shows that Community Wireless Networks (CWNs) have a broad range of social and economic benefits. One particular account of studies shows that CWSNs create social capital. However, these studies lack empirical evidence and have conceptual and methodological limitations. We use the social network analysis approach to measure social capital created in the domain of CWNs, focusing on its network dimension. We used a survey to collect data about participants of 26 CWNs and treated them as social capital. We modeled this intangible asset as a bipartite graph composed of two sets of nodes: a set of groups of participants and a set of CWNs. The edges between these two sets represent the size of these groups. The model is constructively used to measure and analyze the social capital created in the domain of CWNs. Some modeling, conceptual and analytical details are provided to guide future endeavors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-45
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages4850-4859
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780769545257
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2012 - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2012Jan 7 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityMaui, HI
Period1/4/121/7/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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