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Title:Making Sense of Community Informatics: The Development and Application of the Community Event Research Method
Author(s):Lastra, Sarai
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Smith, Linda C.
Department / Program:Library and Information Science
Discipline:Library and Information Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Library Science
Abstract:Major findings include: the framework (CERM) based on community events and organized in three steps (representation, alignment, engagement) and three design principles for community ICTs. The thesis concludes that designing a participatory community ICT rests on three general principles that help us understand the nature of a local community's belief systems, actions and relationships. Principle 1: respecting the provenance of community ethos. Principle 2: understanding a relational view on community events. Principle 3: the iteration or conversion of a community ICT into another community event. (c) An operational definition for community ethos is developed as: Community ethos is the set of collective belief systems that influence community actions and relationships. (d) The thesis notes that finding the right members to work on a design project is closely related to identifying who are the community activists that do most of the community work. The thesis calls them Los Mismos, i.e., the same ones and argues that community events can help us expedite the process of locating Los Mismos. CERM provides an alternative way to build participatory community ICTs. It addresses design challenges of finding the right members, detecting "user perceived sensitivities," and helps build a low-cost paper prototype model.
Issue Date:2006
Description:186 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3242911
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2006

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