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|University of Maryland
|Jenny Preece is an online community researcher and Professor and Dean at the College of Information Studies, U. of Maryland. She is author, coauthor or editor of seven books including: Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (2002) (www.id-book.com) and Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability (2000) (www.clis.umd.edu/people/preece/onlinecommunities/) published by John Wiley & Sons. Dr. Preece is author of over one hundred and fifty book chapters and publications; she serves on four editorial boards and frequently gives keynotes at major conferences. She was technical program chair for the first International Conference on Online Communities and Social Computing, twice for ACM SIGCHI conferences, and also for Communities & Technology. Her current research is concerned with the design and management of online communities. She works with communities of practice, health, education, non-profit and knowledge communities. Preece's current research is concerned with sociability and usability in online communities. She focusses on three main research areas: (i) knowledge exchange, cross-cultural communication, empathy, trust, and etiquette online; (ii) why and how people participate, or do not participate; and (iii) heuristics and methods for developing, maintaining and evaluating online communities.