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RCCS: Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies

The Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies was an online, not-for-profit organization whose purpose was to research, teach, support, and create diverse and dynamic elements of cyberculture. Collaborative in nature, RCCS sought to support ongoing conversations about the emerging field, to foster a community of students, teachers, scholars, explorers, and builders of cyberculture, and to showcase various models, works-in-progress, and on-line projects.

As of 2002, the site contained a collection of scholarly resources, including university-level courses in cyberculture, events and conferences, an extensive annotated bibliography, and two full-length book reviews each month. During the 1998-1999 academic year, RCCS sponsored the Cyberculture Working Group, a collection of University of Maryland and neighboring graduate students and faculty members from across the disciplines interested in exploring cyberculture through a series of symposia, workshops, and community service projects.

RCCS was originally founded by David Silver in 1996 at UMD, and became part of a MITH Networked Associate Fellowship awarded to Silver in 2000-2001. The project also received generous support from the Department of American Studies.

Participating People

  • David Silver, University of Washington
  • Randy Bass, Georgetown University
  • Brenda Danet, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • David Gauntlett, University of Leeds
  • Earl Jackson, Jr, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Steve Jones, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Katie King, University of Maryland
  • Robert Kolker, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Shelley Pasnik, Center for Children and Technology
  • Howard Rheingold, Independent Author
  • Wendy Robinson, Duke University
  • Douglas Rushkoff, Independent Author
  • Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
  • Mary Corbin Sies, University of Maryland
  • Fay Sudweeks, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Douglas Thomas, University of Southern California
  • Jeff Tycz, Nectarine Design