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Revision 3
Definition A group of PERSONs and/or ORGANIZATIONs that share common characteristics such as PLACE, circumstance etc.
Model Smart City Concept Model
Notes A Community is defined by an AGENT, in terms of the common characteristics of the PERSONs and/or ORGANIZATIONs that are contained in it.

The STATE of a COMMUNITY can be tracked without having to know the identity of each PERSON and ORGANIZATION.

A COMMUNITY might be composed of other COMMUNITYs. For example
* the Business sector might be composed of the Industrial sector, the Tourism sector, the Financial Services sector etc.
* the youth of a town are contained in the residents of a town.

The actual PERSONs or ORGANIZATIONs might change without changing the identity of a COMMUNITY, for example the 'Long Term Unemployed in a City' remains the same COMMUNITY even though some people have left it, and others have joined it.

Members of a COMMUNITY do not need to be aware of each other, and are not acting with a collective goal. If they are, then they are an ORGANISATION. For example, 'Long Term Unemployed', is a COMMUNITY, whereas 'The Job Seekers Club', is an ORGANIZATION.
Examples * Residents of a City or Town
* Commuters
* Carers
* Long Term Unemployed
* Low Income Families

* The Tourism Industry
* The Retail Sector
Diagram of the Community concept and its relationships to other concepts.Link to the Community concept. Link to the Item concept. Link to the Service concept.


Community contains Community containedIn
Community containedIn Community contains
Community uses Service usedBy

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Definition References

Oxford Dictionaries

Change Log

Revision On By
3 14/01/2014 Paul Davidson Definition now refers to PLACE instead of LOCATION
2 04/11/2013 Improved Notes.
Link to Oxford Dictionaries