In the fall of 2000, Elon University
and the Pew Internet &
American Life Project formed a partnership to build the Imagining
the Internet Predictions Database, giving students and faculty
the opportunity to do research about the Internet and share their
findings with a wider audience.
The first project, completed in February 2001, was called One
Neighborhood, One Week on the Internet. It chronicled Internet
usage by 24 families during a one-week period. Journalism students
wrote feature stories about each of the families, and also studied
the data collected during the week in family diaries. Janna Quitney
Anderson, assistant professor of communications and director of
Internet projects in the Elon School of Communications, directed
The second project, completed in spring 2002, was the pilot Internet
Predictions project directed by Connie Ledoux Book, assistant professor
of communications in the Elon School of Communications.
The initial predictions project set the stage for the third Elon-Pew
project, the building of "Imagining the Internet," the
online database, under Anderson's direction. Research to find
and log more than 4,200 1990-1995 internet predictions from stakeholders
and skeptics took place in 2003; the "Share Your Vision"
and "Experts Survey" pieces were completed at the suggestion
of Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life
Project, in 2004, with the unveiling of the site in early 2005.
About Elon University
University is ranked among the top 10 Southern universities by U.S.
News & World Report and is named among the nation's best colleges
and universities by Princeton Review and Kaplan/Newsweek. With an
enrollment of 4,796, Elon offers students 50 majors in Elon College,
the College of Arts and Sciences, and schools of communications,
business and education.
Elon is recognized by the National Survey of Student Engagement
as one of the most effective universities in the nation in actively
engaging students in learning. Forbes and Intel Corp. have named Elon University one of the top 50 colleges and universities in the nation for wireless computing access. Elon's undergraduate students have
been active participants in all of the Elon/Pew research projects.
As a national model of engaged learning, Elon seamlessly blends
academic and co-curricular activities, especially in flagship
programs known as the Elon Experiences. Seventy-five percent of
students complete internships, 88 percent participate in volunteer
service projects, 32 percent hold leadership positions in 150
student organizations,9 percent do formal undergraduate research
and 63 percent study abroad, distinguishing Elon as the nation's
top master's-level university in the number of undergraduates
About the Pew Internet & American Life Project
The Pew Internet and American Life Project creates and funds original,
academic-quality research that explores the impact of the Internet
on children, families, communities, the workplace, schools, health
care and civic/political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative
source for timely information on the Internet's growth and societal
impact, through research that is scrupulously impartial.
The basic work-product of the center includes phone and online surveys;
data-gathering efforts that often involve classic shoe-leather reporting
from government agencies, academics, and other experts; fly-on-the-wall
observations of what people do when they are online; and other efforts
that try to examine individual and group behavior. The Project releases
15-20 pieces of research a year, varying in size, scope and ambition.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is a non-profit initiative
of the Pew Research Center for People and the Press. Support for
the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Tides
Center in San Francisco administers the Project's grant from Pew.
For more information, see the Web site: http://www.pewinternet.org.