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You can now register your submission (refereed, non-referred PhD, workshop,
posters) via the database @ conftool.com/prato2013. For more information
about the conference location, travel, and costs, see
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In 2013 the Prato Conference is being jointly organised by CIRN, the Center
for Information as Evidence, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and
the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University. It
will explore the rich synergy of experiences and viewpoints amongst Community
Informatics and Community Archives researchers.
Community Informatics is primarily concerned with improving the wellbeing of
people and their communities, through more effective use of ICTs. Community
Informatics foregrounds social change and transformative action in emergent
social-technical relationships rather than prediction and control. This
orientation also has much in common with Development Informatics.
Community-centric archival research, education and practice are concerned with
empowering communities in support of such desirable objectives as democracy,
human and civil rights, self-determination, sustainable development, and
social inclusion. Recordkeeping and archiving are fundamental infrastructural
components supporting community information, self-knowledge and memory needs,
thus contributing to resilient communities and cultures.
The 2012 Prato Conference was the first time that people from Community
Informatics and Community Archives came together. Much of the research that CI
people were reporting was of great interest to archivists because it addressed
memory and identity infrastructures and how technologies can support them. New
approaches to archival research, education and practice that support
community-based scholarship provide an alternative lens for looking at
Community Informatics research, education and practice. Community Informatics
researchers gained new insights into the characteristics, motivations and
interests of diverse, often underrepresented communities.
2012 Conference participants identified a strong nexus between the two areas
of research in which closer interaction could result in significant support
for each other’s activity. There also appears to be a strong alignment in
values around the principles of There also appears to be a strong alignment in
values around the principles of transformative research, social justice, and
giving voices to those who currently lack a voice.
Some topics to consider for conference papers, and presentations or special
How can Community Informatics and Community Archives inform each other?
How might such cross-fertilization or convergence (professional,
practical, conceptual) be encouraged?
The dark side of community activity; dealing with suspicion, trauma,
failure or hostility and their legacies.
How do we use and tell stories ethically and effectively?
Addressing incommensurability in community-based research.
Community-aware management, storage and ownership of community data and
Participatory methodologies in Community Informatics and Community
The relationship of other frameworks such as Citizenship Journalism or
Community-based research to Community Informatics and Community Archives
Working with the hard end of the Information Sciences.
Other Papers and Presentations
We also welcome papers (refereed, non-referred, works in progress) in any
other area of Community Informatics, Development Informatics, Community
Archives and related disciplines. We embrace interdisciplinarity, and Prato is
the ideal place to share ideas!
We also encourage PhD students in any of these disciplines to participate in
the PhD symposium. Many students have gained much from participation in this
Anne Gilliland, UCLA--from the perspective of community archives. Anne is
Professor, Information Studies and Moving Image Archive Studies, Director,
Center for Information as Evidence At UCLA.
Steve Thompson, University of Teesside--from the perspective of community
informatics. Steve is a musician, composer, multimedia artist, technologist,
educator and academic.
Dates and Processes
In order to enhance the quality of papers in all streams, Program Chairs will
take an active role in guiding papers through the review process and
deadlines will be adhered to.
The following kinds of papers are sought:
Full papers for blind peer review by at least 2 reviewers (up to 6000
Works in progress and more speculative pieces (reviewed and selected, but
not peer reviewed)
Non refereed papers, including practitioner reports (up to 6000 words).
PhD papers which provide an outline of current or proposed PhD research
(between 2-3000 words, including references).
Proposals for workshops or panel discussions.
Proposals for posters.
Conference papers for all categories MUST use the conference format at
You can only submit abstracts and proposals via the conference database @
Call for papers & proposals. Expressions of interest conference website.
Abstracts/papers can only be submitted through the conference database which
will be made available. Submit the abstract in the online form, not as an
attachment. Abstracts up to 550 words. Please submit by May 15 to avoid
Acceptance/modification/ rejection notices As soon as possible
Full papers and abstracts for all streams due 1 July 2013. The
conference format can be accessed @
Referee reports to participants by 1 September 2013
Final version of papers, based on peer review and program committee
decisions due 1 October September 2013
Conference proceedings Online
Registrations Available from 1 July
Post-conference ½ day workshop October 31 October 2013 (more
information will be posted).
Conference Chairs (partial)
Sue McKemmish, Monash University
Anne Gilliland, UCLA
Tom Denison, Monash University
Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, Netherlands
Larry Stillman, Monash University
Nicola Strizzolo, Univ. of Udine, Italy
Patricia Arnold, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
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
Peter Day, University of Brighton, UK
Wallace Chigona, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa
Barbara Craig, Victoria Univ. of Wellington, NZ
Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, Netherlands
Vesna Dolnicar, University of Lubljana, Slovenia
Alison Elliot, University of Sydney, Australia
Manuela Farinosi, University of Udine, Italy
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, Ireland
William McIver, Jr, National Research Council Canada
Mauro Sarrica, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
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,Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México
Gilson Schwartz, Univ. São Paulo, Brazil
Andy Williamson, Future Digital, UK
Martin Wolske, University of Illinois, USA
Larry Stillman, Monash University, Australia
Amalia Sabiescu, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
Nemanja Memarovic, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
Prato CIRN Community Informatics Conference 2013