[Air-l] the history of social infomatics

Kevin Tharp k.tharp at cqu.edu.au
Thu Mar 25 13:17:36 PST 2004


You might also want to consider the similar area of Community
Informatics.  There is a growing body of literature in this area that
considers the use of ICT in communities.  A couple of quick references:

Gurstein, M. (2000). Community informatics: Enabling communities with
information and communications technologies. Hershey, PA: Idea Group
Keeble, L., & Loader, B. (2002). Community informatics : shaping
computer-mediated social relations. New York: Routledge.
Marshall, S., Taylor, W., & Yu, X. H. (2004). Using community
informatics to transform regions. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Pub.

It is my understanding that Rob Kling did not see eye-to-eye with the
Community Informatics people, and that he was trying to have some of the
differences in the fields articulated by inviting Gurstein and perhaps
others to contribute journal articles.  It is unfortunate that this was
not accomplished.

Kevin W. Tharp

-----Original Message-----
From: Denise N. Rall [mailto:denrall at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 4:31 PM
To: air-l at aoir.org
Subject: Re: [Air-l] the history of social infomatics

BIG THANKS to all who sent me info (while wondering
why I hadn't just googled the topic myself) . . . and
I still can't get over that Rob Kling is gone as I was
having drinks with him in the Milwuakee Art Museum 2
years ago and he was brilliant!

I was actually looking for a textbook that discussed
social infomatics as a possibility within a range of
fields: In other words, the history of social
infomatics discussed alongside the history of other
computing fields, such as HCI, CSCW, AI, etc.  I have
a lot of 'management information systems' textbooks
but they are quite slanted to the business application
side of things.

The textbook I do have is just a bit dated:
Maule, R. W. (1998). Information theory and research:
An introduction to the disciplines and methodologies
of information studies and organizational informatics.
San Francisco, Information Associates Press.

But thanks heaps for all the responses and I will
scout through the websites looking for textbook type
stuff. Cheers, Denise

Denise N. Rall, PhD student, School of Env. Science, Southern Cross Uni,

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