Establishing needed support networks
The processes of operation and development of a communication network of some kind, whose structure may be largely decentralized and possibly based on informal relationships between individuals or groups, and mutual interests or goals.

Networking in its more formal (hardware-based) sense is used to describe information, telecommunication, date and library networks which are increasingly augmented by computers at various points. Considerable use of mathematical techniques is made to determine and specify the most efficient processes.

Networking in its less formal (software-based) sense is increasingly used to describe the relationships between formal and informal groups, particularly at a grass-roots level. Networking is sharing....information, ideas, resources, opportunities. Facilitation of networking is the process of augmenting the communication between such groups by information centres which facilitate the formation of new contacts between groups and individuals with common interests.

The terms networking, meaning "cultivating useful others", has been in use since the 1940s, at least. It takes many different forms. The focus many be the individual or the team. The ties may be strong or weak. The form may be described with characteristics of "knots", "coalitions", "large distributed arrays" and in other metaphoric terms. The objectives of association may be economic or not; requiring frequent interaction or not; practice-based ("networked communities of practice", or based on more general shared interests ("networked communities of interest") and so on.
Counter Claim:
So much time can be spent maintaining these relations that the individual or organization cannot act on its own goals.
Networking youth
Networking users
Networking women
Alumni networking
Networking groups
Networking people
Networking cities
Networking cronies
Networking flights
Networking jurists
Networking analysts
Networking children
Networking meetings
Networking scholars
Networking operators
Promoting communication among engineers
Networking computers
Networking strategies
Creating help network
Networking unemployed
Networking programmes
Globalizing networking
Networking journalists
Networking coordinators
Networking secretariats
Networking youth science
Networking documentation
Networking school systems
Networking tourist guides
Creating research network
Developing public networks
Networking social inventors
Maintaining business network
Networking young journalists
Networking women journalists
Networking local authorities
Maintaining industry network
Operating third world network
Networking bangladesh studies
Networking against arms trade
Networking building activities
Networking enterostomal nurses
Networking international peers
Networking information centres
Providing electronic networking
Networking museum professionals
Networking consulting engineers
Networking on sustainable energy
Networking independent producers
Networking environmental lawyers
Locally grounded global networks
Sharing mutually beneficial ideas
Facilitating reflection networking
Strengthening information networks
Networking professional secretaries
Networking life insurance companies
Sharing experience across countries
Developing local sustaining networks
Coordinating global advisory network
Networking administrative information
Networking microbial resource centres
Forming grassroots engagement networks
Forming grassroots engagement networks
Networking adolescent health associations
Networking non-governmental organizations
Providing meeting places for single people
Networking international railway transport
Forming world-wide social change coalitions
Developing electronic networking capability
Networking among interested health agencies
Developing international network of mail art
Establishing regional interfacing structures
Facilitating contacts among marine biologists
Networking small- and medium-sized enterprises
Networking the environment and development arena
Distributing information about food
Networking zoos
Organizing consumers
Developing supportive global network
Professionalizing security
Networking training organizations
Exchanging ophthalmologic practices
Networking the fourth world
Type Classification:
C: Cross-sectoral strategies