RLabs: A South African Perspective on a Community-driven Approach to Community Information

  • Marlon Parker RLabs
  • Julia Wills University of Southampton
  • Gary Brian Wills University of Southampton
Keywords: Community Empowerment, living lab,

Abstract

Stakeholders in a community project commonly include academics, businesses, and people from within the community.  Community empowerment is a central motivation for community informatics; however it is debatable how the community is empowered and benefits from many community research projects.  This paper presents a community-driven case study, Reconstructed Living Lab, identifying factors that aid or hinder community-driven technological innovations.  The RLabs case study identifies the community as the main stakeholder and identifies the factors that aid or hinder community empowerment.  The conclusion is that Living Labs is an appropriate and effective vehicle for community empowerment.


Author Biographies

Marlon Parker, RLabs
Founder of RLabs
Julia Wills, University of Southampton
Vsiting Resarch Fellow
Gary Brian Wills, University of Southampton
Senior Lecturer, Computer Sciecne
Published
2013-05-02
How to Cite
Parker, M., Wills, J., & Wills, G. (2013). RLabs: A South African Perspective on a Community-driven Approach to Community Information. The Journal of Community Informatics, 9(3). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/782