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July 29, 2014 / mmunlocked

CfP until Nov 15, 2014: The Journal of Community Informatics

From: CCA-List- Canadian Communication Assocation on behalf of Mark Wolfe <mwolfe@UCALGARY.CA>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Call for Papers: The Journal of Community Informatics (http://ci-journal.net)

Special Issue – Research Methods for Community Informatics

The Journal of Community Informatics (JoCI) is seeking scholarly articles and notes from the field for a special issue on Research Methods for Community Informatics.Community Informatics is the study and the practice of enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). JoCI is an international journal that focuses on how researchers and practitioners work with communities towards the effective use of ICTs to improve their processes, achieve their objectives, overcome the “digital divides” that exist both within and between communities, and empower communities and citizens. This is possible in areas such as health, cultural production, civic management and e-governance, among others. JoCI is a focal point for the communication of research of interest to a global network of academics, community informatics practitioners, and national and multi-lateral policy makers. JoCI is currently indexed in the IBSS and Google Scholar as well as several indexes of Open Access journals. Efforts are underway concerning additional scholarly indexing. More information regarding JoCI is available at http://ci-journal.net.

The guest editors for the special issue are: Dr. Colin Rhinesmith (University of Oklahoma, USA), Dr. Mark Wolfe (University of Alberta, Canada), and Andy Bytheway (Retired Professor of Information Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa).

Objective

This special issue will focus on the methods used to investigate how ICTs can support local economic development, social justice, and political empowerment. Community Informatics (CI) is a point of convergence concerning the use of ICTs for diverse stakeholders, including community leaders and activists, nonprofit groups, policymakers, users/citizens, and the range of academics working across (and integrating) disciplines as diverse as Information Studies, Management, Computer Science, Social Work, Planning and Development Studies. This diversity brings with it a range of methodological approaches – and tensions – to the field of CI. The special issue seeks to both disentangle and organize the use of existing methods in CI research and to explore innovative new approaches used by researchers and practitioners in their work with communities.

Topics

This special issue seeks articles driven by the following sorts of methodological topics and questions. We encourage contributions that come from a wide range of perspectives, including (but not limited to):

  • Conceptual foundations. What are the pros and cons of positivist, interpretivist, and critical methods in the CI context?
  • Data elicitation. What techniques are needed for reliable data to be collected in a community context, and what is the role of the cloud, “big data,” and data analytics?
  • Measures of success. What is the extent to which key variables and measures of CI investment success are actually understood?
  • Ethics. How are research ethics understood in the context of CI work?
  • Comparative analysis. How can shared local and global research resources be developed for comparative studies in different regions of the world?
  • Cross-cultural studies. How are data elicitation techniques and methods used in a cross-cultural context?
  • Extant theory. What is the applicability of other extant theories from related research areas (e.g., MIS, anthropology, science and technology studies, etc.) to the field of CI?

We also invite authors to submit “Notes from the Field” from CI practitioners and policy makers that describe relevant methodological topics and issues.

Submission procedure and deadlines

Full original and unpublished articles for this special issue should be submitted via the website. All research articles will be double blind peer-reviewed. Notes from the field containing insights and analytical perspectives from practitioners and policy makers are also encouraged – these will not be peer-reviewed. Authors should provide a note to the editors – via the website – indicating their interest in having their submissions considered for the special issue on “Research Methods for Community Informatics.” Interested authors should consult the journal’s editorial policies and author guidelines for submissions athttp://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/information/authors.

Full article draft submissions due: November 15, 2014.

Notes from the field due: December 15, 2014.

All inquiries should be directed to:

Colin Rhinesmith, Guest Editor

Email:crhines@illinois.edu (before August 1, 2014) /crhinesmith@ou.edu (after August 1, 2014)
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