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Connecting Canadians : investigations in community informatics /
edited by Andrew Clement ... [et al.].
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Edmonton : AU Press, c2011.
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xii, 506 p. : ill.
ISBN
9781926836041
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imprint
Edmonton : AU Press, c2011.
isbn
9781926836041
catalogue key
7629752
 
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Connecting Canadiansrepresents the work of the Community Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), the largest national and international research effort to examine the burgeoning field of community informatics, a cross-disciplinary approach to the mobilization of information and communications technologies (ICT) for community change.
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In the 1990s, the federal government began to promote a new visionof Canada as a knowledge-based economy. Fundamental to participation insuch an economy is technology-specifically, information andcommunications technologies, which serve to link individuals to thedigital network on which activities of production and consumption haveincreasingly come to depend. At least for a time, emphasis wasaccordingly placed on achieving a "connected Canada," onein which all citizens, including those living in rural and remotecommunities, would have access to the Internet. The result was a flurryof government-funded initiatives and programs designed to bringbroadband to unserved, or underserved, areas and to impart neededcomputer skills. The outcome of a major research initiative, ConnectingCanadians examines the role of community informatics, orcommunity-based ICT initiatives, in this process of transition. TheCommunity Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking(CRACIN) set out to study how civil society groups-in locationsranging from Vancouver to Labrador and from remote Northern communitiesto Toronto and Montréal-sought to enable local communities todevelop on their own terms within the broader context of federal andprovincial policies and programs. Drawing on diverse theoreticalperspectives, from sociology to library and information sciences towomen's studies, the essays not only document specific localinitiatives but analyze the overall trajectory of thegovernment's vision of a digitally inclusive Canada. The lessonslearned in the course of this comprehensive research offer valuableguidance to community groups, NGOs, and others in the private sector,but they are also of critical importance to those who presently shapepublic policy.
Long Description
The outcome of a major research initiative, ConnectingCanadians examines the role of community informatics, orcommunity-based ICT initiatives, in this process of transition. TheCommunity Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking(CRACIN) set out to study how civil society groups-in locationsranging from Vancouver to Labrador and from remote Northern communitiesto Toronto and Montréal-sought to enable local communities todevelop on their own terms within the broader context of federal andprovincial policies and programs. Drawing on diverse theoreticalperspectives, from sociology to library and information sciences towomen's studies, the essays not only document specific localinitiatives but analyze the overall trajectory of thegovernment's vision of a digitally inclusive Canada. The lessonslearned in the course of this comprehensive research offer valuableguidance to community groups, NGOs, and others in the private sector,but they are also of critical importance to those who presently shapepublic policy.
Main Description
Connecting Canadians examines the role of communityinformatics, or community-based ICT initiatives, in this process oftransition. The Community Research Alliance for Community Innovationand Networking (CRACIN) set out to study how civil societygroups-in locations ranging from Vancouver to Labrador and fromremote Northern communities to Toronto and Montréal-sought toenable local communities to develop on their own terms within thebroader context of federal and provincial policies and programs.Drawing on diverse theoretical perspectives, from sociology to libraryand information sciences to women's studies, the essays not onlydocument specific local initiatives but analyze the overall trajectoryof the government's vision of a digitally inclusive Canada.
Main Description
Connecting Canadians represents the work of the Community Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), the largest national and international research effort to examine the burgeoning field of community informatics, a cross-disciplinary approach to the mobilization of information and communications technologies (ICT) for community change. Funded for four years by the SSHRC's Initiative for the New Economy, CRACIN systematically studied a wide variety of Canadian community ICT initiatives, bringing perspectives from sociology, computer science, critical theory, women's studies, library and information sciences, and management studies to bear on networking technologies. A comprehensive thematic account of this in-depth research, Connecting Canadians will be an essential resource for NGOs, governments, the private sector, and multilateral agencies across the globe.
Main Description
Connecting Canadiansrepresents the work of the Community Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), the largest national and international research effort to examine the burgeoning field of community informatics, a cross-disciplinary approach to the mobilization of information and communications technologies (ICT) for community change. Funded for four years by the SSHRC's Initiative for the New Economy, CRACIN systematically studied a wide variety of Canadian community ICT initiatives, bringing perspectives from sociology, computer science, critical theory, women's studies, library and information sciences, and management studies to bear on networking technologies. A comprehensive thematic account of this in-depth research,Connecting Canadianswill be an essential resource for NGOs, governments, the private sector, and multilateral agencies across the globe.

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