International Workshop on

Community Informatics (COMINF'06)

Nov 2 - Nov 3, 2006
Montpellier, France

In conjunction with OnTheMove Federated Conferences (OTM'06)

Proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS


Community Informatics, also known as community networking, electronic community networking, community-based technologies or community technology refers to an emerging set of principles and practices concerned with the use of Information and Communications Technologies for personal, social, cultural or economic development within communities, for enabling the achievement of collaboratively determined community goals, and for invigorating and empowering communities in relation to their larger social, economic, cultural and political environments.

As an academic discipline Community Informatics can be seen as a field of practice in applied Information and Communications Technology (ICT). It brings together the practices of community development and organization, and insights from fields such as sociology, planning, development studies, women's studies, library and information sciences, management information systems, and management sciences. Its outcomes -- community networks and community-based ICT-enabled service applications -- are of increasing interest to grassroots organizations, NGOs and civil society, governments, the private sector, and multi-lateral agencies, among others. Self-organized community initiatives of all varieties, from different countries, are concerned with ways to harness ICTs for social capital, poverty alleviation and for the empowerment of the "local" in relation to its larger economic, political and social environments. Collaborative communities help bridge organizational boundaries, ensuring more effective and efficient forms of collaboration in and between stakeholders from business, government, education, and civil society.

ICTs play a key role in enabling many types of virtual or hybrid communities. The resulting socio-technical systems, however, are very complex and continuously evolving. The intricate interactions between community requirements and their enabling technologies, however, are still ill understood. In particular, there is a huge gap between those who understand the complexities of community requirements and dynamics, and the information technologists who can build the technologies and systems that can catalyze and enable communities into more effective action.


We want to gather researchers and practitioners interested in the modeling and analysis of community requirements, the design and implementation of community based ICTs and community information systems, and the evaluation of these technologies in order to determine their effective use.

Topics of interest to this workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Community requirements modeling and analysis
  • Enabling technologies (weblogs, discussion fora, portals, &)
  • Social computing
  • Collaborative working environments
  • Community ontologies
  • Community context modeling and meaning negotiation
  • Community IS development methodologies
  • Evaluation methods
  • Pragmatic Web
  • Mobile computing and local development
  • ICT4D (ICT for Development)
  • Community Planning and Community Technology
  • Locally significant broadband applications


We are looking for articles on current or recently finished research projects as well as articles from practitioners. Papers should be in the 3000 - 5000 words range and should be submitted in PDF format. Submissions must be laid out according to the final cameraready formatting instructions which can be found at:

The paper submission site is located at:

Accepted papers will be published along with the OTM 2006 Workshop Proceedings on Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Failure to commit to presentation at the workshop automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.




  • Mark Aakhus - Rutgers University, USA
  • Mark Ackerman - University of Michigan, USA
  • Anjo Anjewierden - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Michael Bieber - New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
  • Andy Bytheway - Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
  • Stijn Christiaens, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Tanguy Coenen - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Fiorella De Cindio - University of Milan, Italy
  • Peter Day - University of Brighton, UK
  • Dan Dixon - Headshift, UK
  • Lilia Efimova - Telematica Instituut, The Netherlands
  • Hamid Ekbia - University of Redlands, USA
  • Marcus Foth - Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Mark Gaved - The Open University, UK
  • Tom Horan - Claremont Graduate University, USA
  • Driss Ketani - Alakhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
  • Rolf Kleef -, The Netherlands
  • Ulrike Lechner - Universität der Bundeswehr, Germany
  • Peter Mambrey - Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
  • Dave Newman - Queens University Belfast, UK
  • Jack Park - SRI International, USA
  • Larry Stillman - Monash University, Australia
  • Beverly Trayner - Escola Superior de Ciências Empresariais, IPS Setúbal, Portugal
  • Bartel Van de Walle - Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Brian Whitworth - Massey University, New Zealand