[Open-education] Call for Papers: Special issue – Community Informatics and Data Literacy - Journal of Community Informatics

Alan Tygel alantygel at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 12:19:52 UTC 2015

(Sorry for crossposting!)

Call for Papers: Special issue – Community Informatics and Data Literacy
Journal of Community Informatics (http://ci-journal.net) Submissions due
30th September.

A special issue of the international Journal of Community Informatics (
http://ci-journal.net) will be devoted to Data Literacy. Community
Informatics (CI) is the study and the practice of enabling communities with
Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs).  This special issue
will focus on the role of data literacy in using ICT to empower and enable
communities. The 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.

*Call for papers*

The field of CI seeks to explore the potential of information and
communication technologies and their applications for social and economic
development efforts at the community level. It particularly seeks to ensure
that marginalized individuals and communities can benefit from the
opportunities that ICTs can provide. Increasingly data literacy has been
identified as a requirement to make effective use of these opportunities.
However, very little attention has been paid to defining what data literacy
means or how it can be achieved.

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. It can be seen as a
characteristic of an individual or a community. Recently there have been
calls for greater data literacy from communities as diverse as the open
data movement (who see it as essential if open data is to fulfil its
promise of greater transparency and engagement) and the citizen science
movement (who see it as required for citizens to understand, engage in, and
support science). This raises fundamental concerns in 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. However, these
debates need to be underpinned with a clearer and more detailed description
of what data literacy is and why it is needed. Work on data literacy has
remained the preserve of educationalists and librarians, but the increased
use of data in many areas has created a pressing need for a more
multi-disciplinary view.

For this special issue of the Journal on Data Literacy, we are inviting
submissions of original, unpublished articles. Potential topics include
(but are not limited to):

   - *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?*

We welcome research articles, along with case studies and notes from the
field. All research articles will be double blind peer-reviewed. Insights
and analytical perspectives from practitioners and policy makers in the
form of notes from the field or case studies are also encouraged – these
will not be peer-reviewed.

Closing date for submission of full papers: 30 September 2015

*Submission Process & Guidelines*
Authors need to register
<http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/user/register> with the Journal prior
to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in
<http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/user/register> and begin the
five-step process.

*Guest editors:*
* Alan Tygel, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil*
* Mark Frank, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training, University of
* Johanna Walker, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training, University of
* Judie Attard, University of Bonn, Germany*

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Informática - PPGI/UFRJ
EITA - Educação, Informação e Tecnologias para Autogestão
Núcleo de Solidariedade Técnica - Soltec/UFRJ <http://www.soltec.ufrj.br>
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