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Making Software as Community Inquiry: iLabs @ UIUC. Ann Peterson Bishop ( email@example.com ) GSLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign CITES Brown Bag Series, March 30, 2005 Acknowledgements: NSF, IMLS. Presentation Overview.
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Making Softwareas Community Inquiry:iLabs @ UIUC Ann Peterson Bishop (firstname.lastname@example.org) GSLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign CITES Brown Bag Series, March 30, 2005 Acknowledgements: NSF, IMLS
Presentation Overview • iLabs in context: Community Informatics Initiative at GSLIS • CI: Study and practice of enabling communities with information and communications technologies (ICTs) • Research, service-learning, public engagement • In the creation of community information systems • Through creating and nurturing collaborative inquiry/learning communities • iLabs as community inquiry • Participatory “design through use” strategy • Across wide range of settings
Community Inquiry • Collaborative activity around creating knowledge that is connected to people's values, history, and lived experiences • Open-ended, democratic, participatory engagement • Bringing theory and action together in an experimental and critical manner
How should we live together? “…the desire to make the entire social organism democratic, to extend democracy beyond its political expression.” --Jane Addams
How do we learn together? ”It is the democratic faith that [intelligence] is sufficiently general so that each individual has something to contribute, and the value of each contribution can be assessed only as it entered into the final pooled intelligence constituted by the contributions of all." --John Dewey
The CII Challenge • How do communities work to address their problems in actual practice? • What theory adequately accounts for the complexity and diversity of (distributed) collective practice? • What tools are needed to mediate work on concrete tasks within communities? • What is the most effective process for developing shared capacity in the form of knowledge, skills, & tools?
iLabs System Design Design through use aims to respond to human needs by democratic processes. Through creation of content, contributions to interactive elements, and incorporation into practice, users are not merely recipients of technology, but participate actively in its ongoing development. “Every individual must be consulted in such a way, actively not passively, that he himself becomes a part of the process of authority.” --John Dewey, Democracy & Education
Community Inquiry Labs (iLabs) Version 2 http://inquiry.uiuc.edu/ilabs Version 3 http://ilabs.inquiry.uiuc.edu
Suite of open source software applications freely available (BB, blog, document center, syllabus, etc.) for people to create own interactive websites • 350 site visits a day; 50 iLab sessions a day • 6 GB of data transfer a month • 302 iLabs created since Nov. 2003 • Serving groups ranging in size from an individual to 68 members
iLabs in Action • Paseo Boricua Community Library Project • Ethnography of the University • BeeSpace • LIS course • Finnish iLabs • Community Informatics Initiative
Paseo BoricuaCommunity Library Project • Puerto Rican Cultural Center http://www.prcc-chgo.org • PBCL Project http://ilabs.inquiry.uiuc.edu/ilab/pbcl
Ethnography of the University • Cross Campus initiative http://www.eotu.uiuc.edu/ http://inquiry.uiuc.edu/cil/index.php?category=12#EOTU • Customization and heavy use of “Inquiry Units” http://www.inquiry.uiuc.edu/bin/unit_update.cgi?command=select&xmlfile=u13991.xml
BeeSpace • BeeSpace bricks http://ilabs.inquiry.uiuc.edu/ilab/beespacebricks
LIS 491:Literacy in the Information Age • Course website http://www.inquiry.uiuc.edu/ilabs/out.php?cilid=822
Finnish iLabs • Active Citizenship groups http://www.ilab.fi/ • Sami Serola’s Collaborative Authoring Tools http://ilabs.inquiry.uiuc.edu/ilab/cats/
Community Informatics Initiative http://ilabs.inquiry.uiuc.edu/ilab/cii
Summary • Participate! • Use iLabs at will • Open source and freely available • Weekly meetings on Mondays, noon-2:00 in LIS 52, 501 E. Daniel (1:00-2:00 is open lab time) • Discussion • Design through use: Chaos and control • Institutionalization: How incorporate into UIUC support structures?