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Journal of Community Informatics
New open access journal available at http://ci-journal.net/.
Focus and Scope
Community Informatics (CI) is the study and the practice of enabling
communities with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). CI
seeks to 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 in the range of areas of ICT application including for health,
cultural production, civic management, e-governance among others. CI is
concerned with how ICT can be useful to the range of traditionally excluded
populations and communities, and how it can support local economic
development, social justice and political empowerment using the Internet.
CI is a point of convergence concerning the use of ICTs for diverse
stakeholders, including community 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. Emerging issues within the CI field include: community access to
the internet, community information, online civic participation and
community service delivery, community and local economic development,
training networks, telework, social cohesion, learning, e-health and
The Journal of Community Informatics aims to bring together a global range
of academics, CI practitioners and national and multi-lateral policy makers
Each issue of the Journal of Community Informatics will contain a number of
double blind peer-reviewed research articles as well as commentaries by
leading CI practitioners and policy makers providing feedback on how the
significance and application of research for practice and policy
development. The journal aims to provide its readership with useful,
clearly-written, insightful and innovative content.
The online nature of the journal means that readership will be global. The
editors will seek to ensure that the content of the journal is also global
in scope, encouraging the submission of articles from the developing world.
Articles incorporating the use of the diverse range of Internet accessible
media are also encouraged.
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