List of courses and research centers


Kate Williams maintains a list of courses related to Community Informatics from iSchools and Library Science programs.

Other teaching resources of interest:

Research Centers

BetterTogether is an initiative of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America at Harvard University. The Saguaro Seminar issued the report Better Together, in December of 2000, calling for a nationwide campaign to redirect a downward spiral of civic apathy. Warning that the national stockpile of "social capital" – our reserve of personal bonds and fellowship – is seriously depleted, the report outlined the framework for sustained, broad-based social change to restore America’s civic virtue. Launched by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Saguaro Seminar drew its 30 participants from academia, the arts, clergy, business and the top leaders and policymakers of both major political parties. Saguaro members studied the essential character of public participation in their effort to develop remedies to redirect a decades-long decline.

Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI). University of Maryland, College Park.
The Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) is a multi-disciplinary research center intent on understanding and transforming community interactions. Our focus is on harnessing the power of novel technologies to support the needs of real and virtual communities and social networks. CASCI is physically located at the iSchool at Maryland , but includes members from across the University of Maryland from a variety of disciplines. The center was introduced in 2008 and is actively recruiting collaborators from across campus.

Center for Collective Intelligence. MIT
The Center for Collective Intelligence brings together faculty from across MIT to conduct research on how new communications technologies are changing the way people work together. Our basic research question is: How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?'

Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW). University of Michigan.
Research on how new technologies enable new ways of organizing work is of vital interest to organizations, both as providers and users of this technology. CREW has performed large-scale field studies of how people work with new technologies in both academic and business environments. And both commercial and academic organizations have become partners with us, learning from our research results and helping guide our research agenda. Individual members at remote sites have also become partners, including corporate executives and researchers, and academics.

Community Information Corps (CIC).
University of Michigan.
CIC serves as focal point for students, faculty, alumni and community members from across disciplines to explore the changing role of information and technology in civil society.

The Science of Collaboratories project is devoted to understanding the technical and behavioral principles that can lead to better, more successful design of collaboratories in the future.

The Center for LifeLong Learning and Design (L3D) University of Colorado
L3D has explored conceptual frameworks (including: social creativity, meta-design, cultures of participation) and socio-technical environments (including: Envisionment and Discovery Collaboratory, CreativeIT Wiki ) in support of social participation,

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