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CFP: Co-creation of technology. Innovation by communities.

Via Mariana Salgado, Media Lab- Department of Media :

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Co-creation of technology. Innovation by communities.

Editors: Susana Finquelievich and Mariana Salgado

In the last decades studies and experience have shown that users matter in regards to technological innovation. Books such as "The Co-Construction of Users and Technology ", analyzes the creative capacity of users to shape technology in all phases, from design to implementation. Lately, citizen´s labs are also trying to integrate individuals and communities to technological innovation. They try to combine the old “collaboratory” concept launched in the 1990s in academic environments, or virtual laboratories, where scientists collaborate though networking, with the concept of citizens´networks, in which citizens collaborate in a digital environment for various uses, and that, according to the Spanish anthropologist Artur Serra, have become freshly popular through social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.

Individuals, groups and community have actively participated in the process of technological innovation and are increasingly aware of their capacity for making and changing technologies. Internet - based social networks, open source software, content creation, redesign by use, citizens´participation in living labs, are just a few examples of people actively enlarging the original uses of information and communication technologies (ICT).

The goal of this special issue is to examine, using a variety of multidisciplinary approaches, the mutual interaction between ICT and users. The authors are welcome to reflect on the hypothesis that any understanding of users must take into consideration the multiplicity of roles they play, and that the conventional distinction between users and producers is mainly formal and artificial.

Contributing knowledge about the process in which individuals and communities appropriate and makes information and communication technology functional for their own specific purposes is the goal of this special issue of JOCI. The objective is to advance on the subject of how communities utilize technology, meanwhile creating innovative uses. The papers should consider how users consume, modify, domesticate, design, reconfigure, and resist technological development, as well as in which ways users are changed by ICT.

Some of the key issues to be reflected upon are:

- Case studies about technology appropriation and modification of ICT changes by communities.

- Alternative-use hunters: analysis of the processes through which experts perceive the changes by communities or individuals and incorporate them into the goods or services.

- Citizens´labs, living labs

- Theoretical contributions about these processes.

Abtracts details:

500 word abstracts of submissions to this special issue (both academic papers and field notes) should be sent to sfinquel@gmail.com and mariana.salgado@gmail.com by May 30, 2010 and include the author's affiliation and contact information. Full paper submissions are due by July 1, 2010.

Full Paper Details:

Field notes should be between 500 and 1500 words, written for an informed but non-technical audience and describing community projects in progress (project descriptions, technical specifications, etc).

Academic papers should be no longer than 8000 words, and include a 100 word abstract and a 25-word biography of the author including affiliation and e-mail address. They should analyze or describe a social, cultural, or economic aspect of community participation in ICT innovation. The Journal of Community Informatics uses the APA reference style.

Mariana Salgado

Media Lab- Department of Media
School of Art and Design
Aalto University

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