The key goal of this project is to build community knowledge for environmental sustainability through effective data management.
'Opening Digital Doorways' is a joint Australian-South African program researching the innovative use of ICT for social inclusion and community development in South Africa and remote Indigenous communities in Australia. More information can be found on http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/research/highlights/successful-projects.html
The DoingIT Better project was a three-year social justice and action research partnership with the Victorian Council of Social Service, generously funded by a donor. It is led by Dr Larry Stillman of CCNR.
A series of projects undertaken in collaboration with the University of Wenzhou, which included studies of the use of Internet cafes and mobile phones by Chinese migrants inand which resulted in the book , edited by G. Johanson, R. Smyth and R. French.
Funding Success for the Centre For Community Networking Research
The Centre for Community Networking Research (CCNR) and researchers from the School of IT at Monash South Africa have received funding from the Strategic Initiative Fund, administered by Professor Stephanie Fahey, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, to strengthen research into Development Informatics at Monash South Africa
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CCNR is now part of a national tender to develop an Australian non-profit ICT coaltion to be an advocate to goverment, business, and the sector itself.
The main aim of this project is to identify and promote capacity building at the points of intersection of the interests of two universities, proximate micro-businesses, and community organizations. We are particularly interested in the uses of information and communications technologies (ICTs), and in improved online access, in outer urban Melbourne to promote networked development of local relationships for educational, economic, and social growth. The environs of Monash University and Victoria University campuses (Berwick-Casey, and Werribee-Wyndham) are the proposed locations for this study of alliances. Stimulating collaboration is the long-term objective. It is hoped to compare the outer-urban findings of this project with rural networks in allied projects.
The Centre for Community Networking Research at Monash University has been funded by the Information Economy Division of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts to identify Australian Civil Society priorities and strategies for the information economy, related to the take up and effective use of ICT and to the priorities and strategies contained in the Government's Australia's Strategic Framework for the Information Economy 2004-2006
This project worked with Neighbourhood Houses in the Western Region of Melbourne. This is a region of high social-economic need (e.g. unemployment, failure to complete school, poverty). Many small to medium sized-agencies do not have the resources to develop the people-centred information systems which realise the potential of technological infrastructure, despite considerable investment by centralised government agencies in the hardware side of technological infrastructure. This lack of support compounds the social disadvantage for many in the population.
Through empowerment-oriented participatory action research techniques, conducted in conjunction with Community West, a major service providor, the goal of the project is to assist agencies to develop their own plans for information and knowledge management as a means of strengthening bridging and bonding links between welfare organisations and their client populations in community support, welfare and social development activity.
Structuration theory also underlies a number of theories about how action, knowledge and principles of organisational activity are created and communicated through systems of institutional power which interact with ICTs.
The analytical frames offered by action research, feminist theory and structuration theory will be explored in the research project as a new contribution to knowledge about how ICTs are used with community-based organisations. A report was delivered at Building & Bridging Community Networks: Knowledge, Innovation & Diversity through Communication, University of Brighton, Report UK, 1 April, 2004.
This project is the recipient of a Monash Faculty of IT Small Grant for 2004, as well as support from Community West, Inc. The Principal Researcher for this project is Kerry Tanner, Project Mentor, Graeme Johanson. Field activity is being conducted by Larry Stillman with Professor Randy Stoecker, University of of Toledo, Ohio.
The Centre for Community Networking Research (CCNR) received major support from the Monash Research Fund in 2002 to undertake research about the uses of information and communications technologies (ICTs) by community and third sector organisations within Australia.
The outcomes of this research are presented here as the Monash Community ICT Index (CICT). The index is intended as part of a national longitudinal data series providing quantitative and qualitative indicators of use of ICTs by the participants in community organisations and their networks including, on a state-by-state basis, patterns of use and barriers to use. The creation of the Index has significant potential benefit for planning, policy development and national co-ordination as well as providing a basis for further research and analysis. The first stage of CICT Index and Report is the development of a survey of a community-based organizations.
Provision of public Internet access has been viewed by government as the key step towards encouraging uptake among people who do not have access to technology in the home or office, and as an important means of building an equitable information society. In 2001 the Victorian Public Library Network provided over 1 million hours of public Internet access via more than 950 workstations located in over 240 sites across the state.
The PAT project was part of a wider research undertaking designed to gain a better understanding of the user population of Victorian public library public Internet access services.
The survey was conducted with the assistance of VICLINK Reference Co-op and with resourcing support from VICLINK and Monash University Small Grants Fund. This component of the research was a questionnaire based survey. The questionnaire was evolved to allow longitudinal comparison with an earlier Reference Co-op questionnaire "A day in the life of the Internet". A number of additional demographic and attitudinal questions were included in this later survey.
This was a contract research project for Brisbane City Council, providing a report and in-depth case studies about innovative ways that business and community groups are using the Internet for communication and collaboration. CCNR collected data, examined trends, and examined why different internet tools were chosen, what benefits there were, and why that mix was successful for a particular group.