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What is Tapped In?Tapped In® is a Web-based, open source online environment for communities of education professionals (approximately 20,000 individuals worldwide). Established in 1996 with research funding from the National Science Foundation, Tapped In supports teacher education and professional development programs conducted by universities, education agencies, and national organizations, as well as more than 800 groups of educators, researchers, and students. The interface metaphor is a campus with buildings, offices, and group rooms, each equipped with text chat, threaded discussion, file and link storage, and other features. Community volunteers staff a live help desk and host monthly After School Online colloquia [http://tappedin.org/tappedin/do/CalendarAction?] on a wide range of education topics. Individual membership and use of all facilities is free. Tapped In is owned and managed by SRI International [sri.com], a non-profit research and development institution, and funded by grants, sponsorships, and "tenant" organizations that have private buildings.