community and technology
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Fri Sep 8 08:39:22 CDT 2006
[ed: those of you interested in the field of community informatics may
find this of value.]
From: "Peter Day" <p.day at btinternet.com>
> Dear all
> At the "Constructing and Sharing Memory: Community Informatics, Identity
> and Empowerment" conference in Prato, Italy in October -
> www.ccnr.net/prato2006 members of the Community Network Analysis (CNA)
> team from Brighton will be faciltating a participatory learning workshop
> (PLW) from which we hope to develop a collaborative CIRN resource.
> It occurred to me recently that CIRN presents an interesting example of a
> network in which we all have clusters of colleagues/friends that we
> connect with on a frequent basis within CIRN. However, each individual
> cluster comprises but a fraction of the CIRN membership, its
> knowledgebase, assets, etc, etc. Most of us are blissfully unaware of
> of the CIRN 'network', what they do, how they do it and why, etc.
> Sure, we have mailing lists which play a significant role in our inter
> network communications but developing profiles of individuals, let alone
> mapping the collective story of CIRN from these is very difficult.
> where we thought of 'CIRN People' -- a plan for a collaborative resource
> based on social software, e.g. Foaf, and tagging to develop a CIRN
> folksonomy, map its assets, and provide space for CIRN people to tell
> their stories.
> The idea at this stage is still developmental and we are requesting your
> ideas, expressions of interest, support etc.
> To start the ball rolling we are going to focus on developing the CIRN
> folksonomy (and tag clouds) and making CIRN connections using a CIRN
> version of. At this point this is simply a prototype activity and
> eventually we hope to develop a platform of Open Source CIRN tools
> collaboration with CIRN colleagues. Possibilities for such collaboration
> will be explored at the Prato workshop but comments are welcomed now.
> taster we have identified areas of information categories that we think
> would be useful to know from CIRN 'networkers'. These will form the basis
> of the folksonomy development and social networking application.
> Place of origin:
> Place of residence:
> Place of work:
> Area of research:
> Other areas of research interest:
> Areas of theoretical knowledge:
> Practical CI skills:
> Previous research experience:
> People I've worked with:
> People I know:
> Social software recommendations:
> 50 words (tags) to describe Community Informatics:
> Please feel free to contribute your ideas, criticisms and/or express an
> interest in the collaboration. Please note that at this moment there
> funding for these activities. It will start as a labour of love. Where it
> goes from there remains to be seen.
> Best regards
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