International Journal of Community Informatics Calls for Papers for Special Issue


The International Journal of Community Informatics is calling on authors to submit original, unpublished articles on data literacy for a special issue of the journal.

This issue is expected to be published in June 2016. The Journal of Community Informatics is a focal point for the communication of research of interest to a global network of academics, community informatics practitioners and national and multi-lateral policy makers.

Data literacy refers to the skills, knowledge and context needed to make effective use of data on the web. It includes the ICT skills to find, access and manipulate data; the statistical and subject matter skills to interpret and use the data; and also the context needed to provide the opportunity and motivation to use the data. The recent calls for greater data literacy from communities have raised some concerns in community informatics (CI) such as the power of those who are data literate relative to those who are not, and the right of experts to demand skills of the population as a whole.

CI is the study and the practice of enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). The field of CI aims to explore the potential of information and communication technologies and their applications which will result into efforts for social and economic development at the community level

Potential topics for the special issue of the Journal on Data Literacy include

  • What do we mean by data literacy?
  • Why do we need data literacy?
  • How should data literacy be achieved?
  • What are the broader political, social and philosophical implications of data literacy?
  • What are the practical implications of data literacy?

Research articles along with case studies and notes from the field will be accepted by the Journal. All research articles will be double blind peer-reviewed. The Journal also encourages that insights and analytical perspectives from practitioners and policy makers in the form of notes from the field or case studies should be submitted, although these will not be peer-reviewed.

Interested authors should go HERE to register with the Journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process. Closing date for submission of full papers is September 30, 2015. Guest editors include Alan Tygel, Mark Frank, Johanna Walker, and Judie Attard.