What is Community Informatics (and why Does it Matter)?
Polimetrica s.a.s., 2007 - 105 lappuses
Community Informatics (CI) is the application of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to enable community processes and the achievement of community objectives. CI goes beyond the "Digital Divide" to making ICT access usable and useful to excluded populations and communities for local economic development, social justice, and political empowerment. CI approaches ICTs from a "community" perspective and develops strategies and techniques for managing their use by communities both virtual and physical including the variety of Community Networking applications. CI assumes that both communities have characteristics, requirements, and opportunities that require different strategies for ICT intervention and development from individual access and use. Also, CI addresses ICT use in Developing Countries as well as among the poor, the marginalized, the elderly, or those living in remote locations in Developed Countries. CI is of interest both to ICT practitioners and academic researchers and addresses the connections between the policy and pragmatic issues arising from the tens of thousands of Community Networks, Community Technology Centres, Telecentres, Community Communications Centres, and Telecottages globally along with the rapidly emerging field of electronically based virtual "communities."
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What is Community Informatics?
What role does CI play in an Information Society Networked Society?
Is Community Informatics a Critique of or Parallel to Networked Individualism and the Facebook Society?
What is the relationship between networked virtual Community Informatics and place based Community Informatics?
What is the relationship between Community Informatics and Social Activism?
What role does Research Play in CI Development?
What is the difference between Management Information Systems research MIS and Community Information Informatics Systems research?
Are there specifically CI areas and principles of Research?
What is the role of Community Informatics in ICT policy?
Is Community Informatics anything more than Community Networking or Telecentres and what of the role of Universities?
What is the relationship between CI and ICT for Development?
What is the relationship between CI and Community Development?
What is the connection between Community Informatics and Building Alternative Structures of Production?
What is the relationship between Community Informatics and Open Source?
Is there an Urban Community Informatics?
How does Community Informatics Contribute to Social Capital and what about Sustainability?
What is the relationship between Community Informatics research and Community Informatics theory and practice?
What is the difference between Community Informatics and Social Informatics?
Is Community Informatics about anything more than the Digital Divide?
What is Effective Use and what is its role in Community Informatics?
What are some typical examples of Community Informatics applications?
Is there a specifically Community Informatics model of eservice delivery?
Is there a Wireless Community Informatics?
What are the Challenges and Opportunities facing Community Informatics?
What is likely to be the long term impact of Community Informatics and Why Does It Matter?
academic achieved activities Adaptation application approach areas BARRY WELLMAN centrally collaborative community based community context community networks community processes Community Technology concerned connections Creative Commons degree Digital Divide dispersed Distribute or Publicly e-Government E-READINESS eBay economic and social economic development effective electronically enabled enabling and empowering Enabling Communities environment example formation global goals Gurstein ICT enabled ICT4D identified implementation Information Society infrastructure integrated interact Internet K-Net KEYWORDS knowledge Licensor means ment MICHAEL GURSTEIN munity networked communities networked individualism Networked Society nity on-going ontology opportunity organizational overall parallel participation peer peer to peer practice production programs Publicly Perform responsibility rights granted ROB KLING role rural service delivery service providers significant skills social capital Social Informatics social networking SOCIAL NETWORKING SOFTWARE specific strategies structures sustainable telecentres tion urban users Wal-Mart Wellman Wireless Community Informatics