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An epistemic community is a group of people who do not have any specific history together. They join to form a kind of community based on a similar focus on an information-based project.
The community group can be made of people with a range of special interests.
- a shared set of principles or value-based explanations for how the community functions
- a shared understanding of the way things happen, including problems and policies and outcomes
- shared ideas about what is acceptable or valid according to specially defined ideas and evaluation practices
- a common enterprise or shared goals
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