Anthropos, launched in March 2003, is a vertical portal dedicated both to physical and cultural anthropology, in Italian language. It is not only an encyclopaedic site, but a lively community able to connect both experts and mere enthusiasts of anthropology. The registration in the Community is completely free and provides its members with different facilities, useful to acquire and share notions, but also to interact with the other members of the community. In order to encourage the highest level of interaction, an internal system of mail and a forum for the different themes have been implemented on the web site. The divulgation of anthropology is favoured by the web sections gathering articles, studies and reviews from several media. There are ﬁ les to download at the subscribers’ disposal: materials, documents and programs useful for study, research and spare time.
In this way the Community exploits the whole potential of the technologies which have opened the way to the web 2.0 revolution. The creation of an online community gathering different people for age, schooling and job has permitted to develop interesting approaches to the anthropological disciplines, realized by free interdisciplinary workshops, set in different Italian cities: the absence of a physical seat, allows the volunteers to have a ﬂexibility of coordination which only the internet could offer.
So the potential of a virtual community, already studied by cultural anthropology, becomes a mean of scientiﬁc divulgation, looking for new approaches, new ways to consider a kind of anthropology beyond the usual limits, without the risk of an excessive simpliﬁcation in spite of its complexity, and of intellectual and theoretical virtuosities not apt to a public usage.
While Anthropos was consolidating its position as the unique vertical Italian-speaking portal dedicated to anthropology and anthropologies on the basis of voluntary work, it became clearly necessary to constitute an association with the suitable instruments apt to manage more and more enterprises and contacts. So in June 2006 we had to record a part of the volunteers in Antrocom Onlus, a nonproﬁt-making association, while Antrocom, the on-line review launched in march 2005 at first inside the Community, was redeﬁned “Online Journal of Anthropology”.
The name we chose for the Association recalls both the web site of the Community of Anthropos and the review. The word Antrocom comes from anthropology and from community, but also from anthropology and communication; anthropology is here meant with the broadest of meanings: the study which enables to read the journey of man in time and space, to investigate his past and his future prospects understanding his present time; community recalls a group of people willing to share their knowledge and their curiosity about a subject of study, human being, with many facets in it.
People looking for dialogue beyond their specialization and experience. The communication will be simple, but precise and considered, able to spread new ideas without overlooking the old ones, recognizable for its method and reliability. From the constitution of Antrocom comes the possibility for the association to raise public and private board funds, and from this point of view, the Association is more and more dedicated to the improvement of the anthropologist’s role and abilities, and the cultural and civil development of citizens.
In this way, the action of Antrocom takes place not only in the scientiﬁc research, but also in education, training and in the diffusion of the anthropological sciences
- by the organization of activities aimed to bring out the human biological and demo-ethno-anthropological heritage;
- by the organization and promotion of studies and research in the ﬁ eld of physical and cultural anthropology, and of course their diffusion;
- by grants, prizes, scholarships, contributions for research works and publications; by awakening public opinion to problems related to the biological and cultural study about human being.
All these activities make it possible to put in action a synergy of purposes and resources to give a contribution to understand human being, the society he takes part in, and the time he lives in.