Invible College

Bookmarklets | MOVABLE TYPE I learnt an interesting notion last week-end : Invisible College. It describes a community that shares an interest in a common subject or discipline and communicates informally about it. The "college" is made up of generally around 100 individuals who function as the scholarly in-group within a given specialization and most of the significant research within that specialization is usually produced by its members. This research is facilitated by the informal exchange of information through contacts within this social network at conferences, by e-mail, during hallway conversations, and in other forums.

CRANE, D. Invisible colleges, Chicago, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1972.