Visions, Participation and Engagement in New Community Information Infrastructures

  • John M Carroll Pennsylvania State University
  • Michael A. Horning Pennsylvania State University
  • Blaine Hoffman Pennsylvania State University
  • Craig H Ganoe Pennsylvania State University
  • Harold R. Robinson Pennsylvania State University
  • Mary Beth Rosson Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: Participatory Action Research, Information Infrastructures, Community Networks, Location-based Services, Feed Aggregation

Abstract

Through the past seven years, our research group has engaged in a participatory action research collaboration with a variety of community partners to explore understandings, possibilities, and commitments for a new community networking infrastructure in State College, Pennsylvania. This paper describes a case study of multifaceted information technology infrastructures, and of collaborating with the plethora of actors and institutions that are stakeholders in such infrastructures. Information technology projects increasingly depend upon the commitment and energies of a great diversity of stakeholders. Understanding better how such broad projects move forward is critical to society.

Author Biographies

John M Carroll, Pennsylvania State University
Carroll is Edward M. Frymoyer Chair Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University.
Michael A. Horning, Pennsylvania State University
ABD PhD candidate in the College of Communications, Penn State, University Park, PA. Professor in the School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
Blaine Hoffman, Pennsylvania State University
Blaine Hoffman is an ABD PhD candidate at the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, University Park, PA.
Craig H Ganoe, Pennsylvania State University
Craig H. Ganoe is a Research Associate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University.
Harold R. Robinson, Pennsylvania State University
Graduate Student, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
Mary Beth Rosson, Pennsylvania State University
Rosson is Director of Graduate Programs and Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University.
Published
2011-11-18
How to Cite
Carroll, J., Horning, M., Hoffman, B., Ganoe, C., Robinson, H., & Rosson, M. B. (2011). Visions, Participation and Engagement in New Community Information Infrastructures. The Journal of Community Informatics, 7(3). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/783