Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies

Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies

Michael Gurstein (Technical University of British Columbia, Canada)
Release Date: July, 1999|Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 596
ISBN13: 9781878289698|ISBN10: 1878289691|EISBN13: 9781930708495|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-69-8

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Community Informatics is developing as an approach for linking economic and social development efforts at the community level to the opportunities that information and communication's technologies present. Areas such as SMEs and electronic commerce, community and civic networks, electronic democracy and online participation are among a few of the areas affected.

Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies is an introduction to the discipline of community informatics. Issues such as trends, controversies, challenges and opportunities facing the community application of information and communications technologies into the millennium are studied.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Michael Gurstein, Ph.D completed a B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in the Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Gurstein was a senior public servant in the Provinces of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. For a number of years Dr. Gurstein was the president of the consulting firm Socioscope Inc. in Ottawa, Canada which specialized in the human aspects of advanced technologies. From 1992-95 Dr. Gurstein was a management advisor with the United Nations Secretariat in New York. From 1995-99 Dr. Gurstein was the ECBC/NSERC/SSHRC Associate Chair in the Management of Technological Change at the University College of Cape Breton and the Founder Director of the Centre for Community and Enterprise Networking (C\CEN) of that institution. C\CEN specialized in the application of information and communications technology to local economic development, particularly rural development. Dr. Gurstein has published widely and in addition to this book has authored the book "Burying Coal: Research and Development in a Marginal Community" by Collective Press. Dr. Gurstein is currently an Associate Professor of Management and Technology at the Technical University of British Columbia, in Vancouver Canada and the Director of the Centre for Community Informatics.