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CIRN2011:Conference Proceedings


"To measure or not to measure: that is the question"
(attributed to a lost work of William Shakespeare)

CIRN CONFERENCE - 9-11 November 2011, Monash Centre Prato, Italy

Coordinated by:
Centre for Community Networking Research, Centre for Social Informatics, Monash University

Keynotes | Peer Reviewed, Phd and non-refereed papers; workshop abstracts | Best Papers |

Program Committee

Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, Netherlands (Chair)
Tom Denison, Monash University
Larry Stillman, Monash University
Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington
Conference Committee
Patricia Arnold, Technical University, Munich University of Applied Sciences
Peter Day, University of Brighton, UK
Fiorella de Cindio, University of Milan, Italy
Mike Arnold, University of Melbourne, Australia
Ann Bishop, Univ. of Illinois, USA
Gunilla Bradley, Royal Institute of Tech., Sweden
Wallace Chigona, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa
Barbara Craig, Victoria Univ. of Wellington, NZ
Tom Denison, Monash University, Australia
Vesna Dolnicar, University of Lubljana
Alison Elliot, University of Sydney, Australia
Manuela Farinosi, University of Udine, Italy
Phil Fawcet Microsoft Research/University of Washington, USA
Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington, Seattle
Marlien Herselman, Meraka Institute, CSIR, South Africa
Sarai Lastra, Turabo Univ., Puerto Rico
Mike Martin, University of Newcastle, UK
TJ McDonald, Trinity College Dublin
William McIver, Jr, National Research Council Canada
Douglas Schuler, The Public Sphere Project, The Evergreen State College
Eduardo Villanueva Mansilla,Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Steve Thompson, Teesside University, UK
Will Tibben, University of Wollongong, Australia
Janet Toland, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
Emiliano Trere, Univ. of Udine, Italy
Gilson Schwartz, Univ. São Paulo, Brazil
Jacques Steyn, Monash Univ., South Africa
Andy Williamson, Hansard Society, UK
Elin Wihlborg, Linköping University, Sweden
Martin Wolske, University of Illinois, USA

Conference Proceedings

edited by Larry Stillman, Tom Denison, Rebecca French.


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Conference Theme:

Community Informatics, like many other areas of social intervention and development, deals with the real world, which in spite of all the effort put into planning and thinking about how things are meant to happen, things never quite work out as they planned. Dealing with the unexpected is well known, recognised, and even expected in business enterprises, but often, in community settings, the unexpected is seen as risky, and sometimes, even evidence of failure.

Community Informatics is the theory and practice of empowering communities with information and communication technologies. There is a widespread expectation that Community Informatics will cultivate civic intelligence, enhance democracy, develop social capital, build communities, spur economies and empower individuals and groups, and result in many different forms of positive social change. Community Informatics, in bringing together communities and technologies, works across at least three dimensions, though there may be others which are relevant:

We seek papers and presentations from practitioners, policy-makers, PhD students, academics, artists, and journalists that fit within these three broad streams. If you believe that you have a paper or presentation that is outside the main themes or streams, but it still be of interest to the community informatics community, please submit it for consideration. Some questions to consider:

Planning CI: making room for the unexpected

Implementing CI: expecting the unexpected

Evaluating CI: learning from the unexpected

Refereeing Statement

The Conference Proceedings contains referred, non-refereed and Phd colloquium papers from the conference and has been prepared for your convenience. Only those papers provided by authors have been published.

Papers and presentations are published, ‘as is', in a pdf format, after refereeing or other advice. Powerpoints that have been made available have been published.

Some papers are not published upon the request of the author or they were not received for final publication.

All full papers in the refereed category were subject to blind peer review by at least two reviewers, and reviewers' comments returned to the authors. Authors were then required to make changes and if necessary, a further review conducted before final approval. The chair of the peer review committee was Associate Professor Graeme Johanson.

This is a publication (E1) for a conference publication for Australian participants.

Publication Information

Conference Proceedings- CIRN Community Informatics Conference "To measure or not to measure: that is the question": 9-11 November
2011, Monash Centre Prato, Italy.
Editors: Larry Stillman, Tom Denison, Rebecca French.
Centre for Community Networking Research. Centre for Social Informatics, Monash University

ISBN: 978-0-9581058-9-7 Format: CD-ROM Publication Date: 12/2011