Member directory tools

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started off by the authors of [Digital Habitats], Etienne Wenger, Nancy White, and John D. Smith.



A member directory displays information about community members in a roster format. It provides a broad overview of the membership, as well as some key information about each member. This information is either provided by members themselves or generated automatically; some is "required," and some may be optional. The contents may overlap with and link to a personal information page. The directory may also represent some of the community's demographics or internal structure, such as distinct types of members, roles, or subgroups.

Uses in communities of practice

A community that grows beyond a few dozen people needs a roster of members. As people join and leave, members need to be able to keep track of who currently considers themselves members. Having a directory that is specific to a community also makes it possible to use "local" terminology that makes sense only inside the community. Members may share information about themselves inside the community space that they would not want shared outside. What’s useful depends on the needs, interests, and composition of the community. More information can be included in personal pages. A member directory should reduce the effort involved in visualizing the community as a whole and in contacting specific subgroups or individuals. System administrators and community leaders may find this tool and associated features to be essential to their work.

Tool Polarities

Key features

Information acquisition features

Information content features

Information display features

Availability in different forms


Related tools

See also:

Personal tools
CPsquare platforms
This wiki