The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 27, 1999


New community center now available online

The Carlisle Community Center is an experiment in online community being conducted by Lotus Development Corporation of Cambridge. Dr. John Patterson of Lotus Research has teamed up with Dr. Lee Sproull of New York University to learn what a community needs from a community web site. The result is a web site for Carlisle that permits people to share information with friends and neighbors. It is available without charge to Carlisle residents and employees who agree to provide survey information to the researchers.

As the name suggests, the Carlisle Community Center is organized like a building. It is a collection of rooms. Each room has a Bulletin Board, a Calendar, and a File Cabinet. Community groups, town committees, and school classes may each have a room. A room can be open to the whole community or restricted to a smaller group like a sports team or school club. The choices about who can enter a room are left to the person who sets up the room and volunteers to manage it.

Unlike many web sites, the Carlisle Community Center is designed to control access and eliminate anonymity. Before you enter the site, you must first complete an application to obtain an account. Once you have an account, you will be asked to provide your name and password whenever you go to the Carlisle Community Center. This assures that only Carlisle community members will be in the Center, and that you'll always know who from the community made contributions you find in the rooms.

You may apply to join the Carlisle Community Center by visiting the online reception desk at You'll also find more information about the project at this site.

If your community group is interested, but would like more information, contact John Patterson preferably by e-mail at or by phone at 617-693-4236. Patterson is a Carlisle resident and can arrange to meet with groups in the evening.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito