Community informatics as innovation in sociotechnical infrastructures

  • John M Carroll The Pennsylvania State University
  • Patrick C Shih Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Library Science, Indiana University, IN, USA.
  • Jessica Kropczynski The Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: Community Information Infrastructures, Community Innovation

Abstract

One trajectory for community informatics is sociotechnical innovation: integrated innovations in the information and technology infrastructures of communities that enable innovation in communities themselves as social systems. We describe community informatics research emphasizing technology affordances of mobility and hyperlocality, aggregation and suprathresholding, information analytics, local digital currencies, reputation management systems, and crowd-based coordination. We present an envisionment scenario for a community innovation infrastructure incorporating and leveraging these technologies.

Author Biographies

John M Carroll, The Pennsylvania State University
John M. Carroll is Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. E-mail: jmcarroll@psu.edu
Patrick C Shih, Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Library Science, Indiana University, IN, USA.
Jessica Kropczynski, The Pennsylvania State University
Jessica Kropczynski is Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor: College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA USA. E-mail: jnk14@ist.psu.edu
Published
2015-06-13
How to Cite
Carroll, J., Shih, P., & Kropczynski, J. (2015). Community informatics as innovation in sociotechnical infrastructures. The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(2). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/1153