The Journal of Community Informatics 2019-04-07T19:38:51-04:00 Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla Open Journal Systems <p>The latest issue of the Journal, <a href="/index.php/ciej/issue/current">Volume 13, number 3 (2017)</a>, has just been published.</p> <p><strong>Michael Gurstein: a tribute</strong></p> <p><em>Open call for an extraordinary issue honoring our friend, colleague, and founding editor</em></p> <p>The global network of Community Informatics scholars and practitioners would like to celebrate the life and contributions of the founding Editor of this journal, Michael Gurstein, who left us on October 8, 2017. Michael led the Journal for almost 12 years, from idea to inception. As a consequence of his effort,&nbsp; the Journal has become a respected forum for exchanging ideas, experiences and knowledge around the theory and practice of Community Informatics globally.</p> <p>When he left the Journal’s regular editorial management, Michael became Editor Emeritus and continued to take a strong interest in the sustainability of the Journal. The current editorial team strives to continue the work that Michael defined so eloquently in the past decade. JoCI remains committed to these defining principles, as a Journal that serves to advance both scholarship and practice for all those involved in the many aspects of Community Informatics. This includes, inter-alia, academics, practitioners, decision-makers, activists, at all levels of involvement, and from all over the world. The legacy of JoCI is also Michael’s legacy, and we are proud to be following in his steps.</p> <div> <p>To express our gratitude for this legacy and as a tribute to his work, the Journal is inviting three types of contributions for this special non-sequential issue:</p> <ul> <li class="show">Short contributions: These should be approximately 300 words, of a personal nature, remembering Michael, sharing aspects of his life and / or the experience of working with him;</li> <li class="show">Longer contributions: These should be approximately 1000 words, and comprise comments on his work. This may include any aspect of his writing on Community Informatics, communities, the Internet and social justice.</li> <li class="show">Photographic contributions: These should be accompanied by a short text (max 200 words) and comprise of an album of selected photos featuring Michael and his life and work .</li> </ul> <p>The extraordinary issue is primarily an opportunity to share and reflect on our friend, mentor and colleague. As such the editorial team will review the contributions with minimal assessment and no requirements of specific standards. If you wish to contribute a full length article, which may also be construed as a tribute to Michael, please submit it to a regular issue to guarantee the normal academic or professional recognition deserved.</p> <p><strong>Submission process</strong></p> <p>Please submit your contribution to the Journal following the regular process but selecting “POV-Gurstein issue” as “section” of the Journal (POV = point of view). You must follow the regular submission process of the Journal to facilitate indexing and referencing. The submission may be in a simple format, with just title and author(s), an email address if so willing; and in doc, docx or odt format for text or jpg for photos or mp4 for video. The Journal will convert the written contributions into a PDF file and will publish as the submissions arrive and are approved by the editorial team.</p> <p>We are planning for the initial publication to be available at the end of October 2017, and will continue accepting contributions at least till March 2018.</p> <p>If you have any questions or comments, please write to <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Thanks for your interest in this publication, please share this call widely so that it will reach all Michael’s extensive network of colleagues.</p> <p><strong>The Editorial Team, The Journal of Community Informatics</strong></p> <p>Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla, Editor-in-Chief.</p> <p>Susan O’Donnell, Brian Beaton, Shaun Pather, David Nemer, Associate Editors.</p> </div> <p><strong>--------</strong></p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">The Journal of Community Informatics</span> provides an opportunity for <a href="">Community Informatics</a> researchers and others <a href="/index.php/ciej/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope">to share their work with the larger community</a>. Through the Journal's application of a rigorous peer review process, knowledge and awareness concerning the community use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is being brought to a wider professional audience.</p> <p>In addition, the Journal makes available key documents, “points of view”, notes from the field and other materials that will be of wider interest within the community of those working in Community Informatics.</p> <p>Original funding for the Journal was provided by the <a href="">Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN)</a>, a project funded by the <a href="">Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council</a>.</p> <p>Statistics concerning the readership of individual articles may be found <a href="/reports/">here</a> and daily/monthly journal access statistics may be found <a href="/stats/">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>----------------</strong></p> <p><strong>Editor-in-Chief<br></strong><strong>Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla</strong></p> <p>Department of Communications, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú<br>Lima, PERU.<br><a href=""></a></p> Wider Worlds of Research for Health Equity: Public Health NGOs as Stakeholders in Open Access Ecosystems 2019-04-07T19:38:51-04:00 Cheryl Holzmeyer <p>This article examines research uses and knowledge stakeholder politics that emerged in an exploratory study of the relevance of open access policies to a spectrum of U.S.-based public health non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This study demonstrated the clear relevance to public health NGOs of open access to peer-reviewed articles, as one form of community informatics. Though not always visible to those oriented toward academic knowledge ecosystems, public health NGOs utilize and conduct a wide range of research, both peer-reviewed and otherwise. Hence, findings indicate that public health NGOs should be more fully recognized, by researchers and policymakers in other contexts, as key stakeholders in knowledge, research, and open access ecosystems. These findings contribute to examination of community information seeking and use in the public health field, with an eye to leveraging community informatics on behalf of health equity.</p> 2018-11-22T12:38:18-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Using Q-Sort Methodology to test the Non-hierarchical Online Learning Community (NHOLC) Framework 2019-04-04T10:48:03-04:00 Ruth Kermish-Allen Kate Kastelein <p>The Non-Hierarchical Online Learning Community (NHOLC) conceptual framework was designed to leverage the understanding of sociocultural learning theory and community informatics to inform design principles for citizen science online learning communities that inspire online collaboration and local environmental action. The study presented here applies the NHOLC framework, using a Q-Sort methodology, to three online learning communities for citizens that were successful in fostering online collaboration and environmental actions. The findings of this paper provide tangible design principles that can be used to develop or revise online learning communities for citizen science instead of re-inventing the wheel for each newly emerging project.</p> 2018-11-22T12:39:02-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Socio-Economic Benefit of the Livestock Traceability System on Communal Beef Farmers in Swaziland 2019-04-04T10:48:11-04:00 Tania Prinsloo Carina De Villiers Cheryl M E McCrindle <p class="RESUMEN"><span lang="EN-US">In this article, Swaziland is placed in the forefront as a small African country that implemented a livestock traceability system to benefit both communal and commercial farmers. The communal farmers are also able to export beef to European countries, markers that were previously unavailable to them, due to the successful implementation of the Swaziland Livestock Information and Traceability System (SLITS).  Livestock traceability is briefly explained to align it with the importance of safe food production for human consumption and a few aspects are highlighted. The traceability systems is further explained in terms of its benefit to the rural economy, its role in growing the GDP and the realization of its aims as was initially expected by the Swazi Government. The data collection methods used were a document review, a case study and five interviews. It is concluded that livestock traceability systems should be adopted wider by other developing countries as it has a direct effect on the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the rural poor. Its development and implementation remains very expensive, but Swaziland can be used as an example of a country that is able to reap the rewards from a commodity that is ample in their country, but scarce globally, leading to wider food sustainability. </span><span class="Ninguno"></span></p> 2018-11-22T12:40:15-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Developing a Framework for Sustainable Information and Communication Technology Platforms for Resource Scarce Rural Communities 2019-04-04T10:48:16-04:00 Thato Foko <p>In attempting to bridge the digital divide and provide access to ICTs the South Africa government deployed telecentres to rural areas. The purpose of this paper is to provide some insights into what makes telecentres sustainable. The ICT Platform project (Platform) is the initiative between the South African government and the CSIR.  For this study the <em>Technology Acceptance Model</em> is utilised. The main research methodology will be qualitative multiple case study research with interpretivism as philosophy. The results show the importance of community leaders, project champions and users in the adoption and use and in ensuring the financially, socially and politically sustainability of ICT Platforms. <em></em></p> 2018-11-27T10:23:43-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## What Do Mobile-Connected Cambodians Do Online? 2019-04-04T10:47:58-04:00 Jayson W. Richardson John Nash John Eric M. Lingat <p>Considering recent developments related to government monitoring of the internet in Cambodia and a renewed push in civil society to improve access to information for Cambodian citizens, we wondered: what do Cambodian owners of smartphones do on the internet?&nbsp; This article reports how respondents use the Internet, smartphone use, perceive benefits of the Internet, and social media use. A survey was developed iteratively by the research team, with ongoing support from members of the in-country team located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A planned missing data design was utilized. The survey was disseminated to 35,000 Cambodia smart phone users. 429 responses were gathered on questions focusing on the personal, political, social media activities on the internet. This study adds to the growing body of knowledge on how various societies are getting access to the internet and what they do when they are on the internet.</p> 2018-12-04T10:03:14-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Participatory Collaboration Mapping in Malawi: Making Mike’s Community Informatics Idea(l)s Work 2019-04-04T10:47:56-04:00 Aldo de Moor In this tribute to Michael Gurstein, we first summarize three of his key concepts: Community Informatics, Effective Use, and Community Innovation. We then apply his ideas to a case on participatory collaboration mapping in Malawi. We end the tribute with a reflection and re-iterating Mike'ss call for Community Informatics research and action to keep meeting. 2018-11-23T11:20:53-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##