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Community and Social Informatics

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About: Community informatics involves the emerging field addressing how information communication technologies impact interactions among community members at a local, national and global level in relation to their social, cultural, economic and community development.   For example, how does the ability to create communities of interest impact commerce (e.g., via e-commerce), political dialogs and power, exchange and distribution of popular culture, and empower social change, etc. The deployment of information systems and communications provides an enabler for developing countries and regions for social and economic development.

Closely related to community informatics is the area of social informatics, which seeks to understand the impact of information technology in organizational work design and effectiveness (e.g., the social aspects of people and society and technical aspects of organizational structure and processes). Social Informatics seeks to understand and optimize the utilization of information technology to improve individual and organizational effectiveness, productivity and wellbeing.

Areas of Strength: Some areas of strength in the college include; geo-spatial activity awareness, community information technology workshops for community learning, crowd-sourcing for citizen science, location-sensitive mobile applications, community planning for emergency management, alternate/community currencies, and distributed, digital inequality, diversity in STEM education and the technology workforce, and computer supported collaborative work.

Faculty: Guoray Cai, John M. Carroll, Xinning Gui, Yubo KouCarleen Maitland, Mary Beth Rosson, Andrea Tapia, Lynette Yarger, John Yen