Community informatics (CI) is providing ICT resources and tools to communities to pursue their goals for local economic development, cultural affairs, civic participation, community based health and environmental initiatives among others.
CI pays attention to the needs and objectives of communities and implements technologies responding to those needs and objectives.
CI is enabling/empowering (bottom up) communities with ICTs
CI is the “social appropriation”/community ownership of ICTs
CI is of interest to:
practitioners—how to do what they do
researchers—how to make the work of practitioners more effective
policy makers—the DD, development, community centred policies