The Journal of Community Informatics

The Journal of Community Informatics provides an opportunity for Community Informatics researchers and others to share their work with the larger community. 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.

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.

Original funding for the Journal was provided by the Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), a project funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

Statistics concerning the readership of individual articles may be found here and daily/monthly journal access statistics may be found here.


Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla

Department of Communications, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Lima, PERU.

Editor Emeritus
Michael Gurstein

Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training
Vancouver, CANADA

Current issue: Volume 13, issue 1.

Previous issues are available in the Journal Archives

About Community Informatics

Community informatics (CI) is the study and practice of enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). See the Wikipedia entry on Community Informatics for an overview of the field.

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Please register as an author and follow the instructions for uploading your proposed article. This begins the review process.

The Journal of Community Informatics does not charge for publication. Nor APCs nor submission charges will be requested under any circumstance.

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To be a reviewer for the Journal of Community Informatics, send an e-mail to the editor indicating your qualifications and research interests or complete a reader registration profile and check the box at the bottom of the page.


This is a service available to graduate students and junior researchers, particularly from Less Developed Countries, to help them present their research in a way that is appropriate to the requirements of professional academic publishing. We strongly suggest that those submitting their articles to the Journal of Community Informatics who may not have previous experience in publishing in a peer-reviewed international journal, and qualify for support from AuthorAid, make contact with this service prior to submitting for publication.


Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development & Training

Supporting Organizations

Community Informatics Research Network Graduate School of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Vol 13, No 1 (2017)

Table of Contents


Agency and technology PDF
Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla


Expert yet vulnerable: Understanding the needs of transit dependent riders to inform policy and design PDF
Emma J. Rose, Robert Racadio, Travis Martin, Deidre Girard, Beth Kolko
MobiSAM: Reflections from a four year case study using technology to increase public participation in local government in South Africa PDF
Hannah Thinyane, Ingrid Siebörger
“Happy, just talking, talking, talking”: Community strengthening through mobile phone based peer support among refugee women PDF
Dennis Wollersheim, Lee Koh, Rae Walker, Pranee Liamputtong
Non-Standard Typography Use Over Time: Signs of a Lack of Literacy or Symbolic Capital? PDF
Asta Zelenkauskaite, Amy L. Gonzales
The Geoweb for community-based organizations: Tool development, implementation, and sustainability in an era of Google Maps PDF
Peter A Johnson, Renee E Sieber
Collective Digital Storytelling in Community-based co-design projects. An Emergent Approach PDF
Maria Rosa Lorini, Amalia Sabiescu, Nemanja Memarovic
Local Economic Impacts of Investments in Community Technology Centers: An Empirical Investigation PDF
Krishna Jayakar, Jenna Grzeslo
Scholarly Impact: a Bibliometric and Altmetric study of the Journal of Community Informatics PDF
Filistea Naude, Judy van Biljon

Case Studies

Community design: a collaborative approach for social integration PDF
Salomao David Cumbula, Amalia Giorgiana Sabiescu, Lorenzo Cantoni
Developing Social Alongside Technical Infrastructure: A Case Study Applying ICTD Tenets to Marginalized Communities in the United States PDF
Leah Anne Teeters

The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441