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Tribute to Michael Gurstein – founding father of the Community Informatics Field

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On October 8th, Michael Gurstein – founding father of the field of Community Informatics – sadly passed away. I first met Mike when I stumbled into the wrong” workshop room at the first Communities and Technologies conference in Amsterdam in 2003, chaired by Mike.

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Happy birthday, CommunitySense!

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10 years ago to this day, I took the plunge. On April 1, 2007, I walked into the Tilburg Chamber of Commerce, and registered my very own company, CommunitySense. From the application form: “CommunitySense is a research consultancy company in the field of community informatics.

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Mapping the community networks of Centres of Expertise: the “Rotterdam Connections”

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My community mapping work is taking off. I have been very busy with it, and have had little time to share the stories recently. Upcoming a series of blog posts introducing some of the very interesting mapping projects I have been doing since last year.

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Mapping the World: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange

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It all started with mapping the local: the Tilburg Urban Farming community. This January, however, I ended up mapping the global end of the agricultural spectrum: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange, held in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Discovering common ground in European social innovation projects: Mapping the BoostInno network collaboration

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A while ago, I mentioned that I was going to share some exciting new community mapping projects I have been working on. After my post on mapping some Rotterdam Centres of Expertise , I now continue my series with the work I have been doing on mapping the collaboration in the URBACT BoostINNO project.

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The Tilburg story of knowledge sharing for social innovation

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Last October, I gave an invited talk at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University , USA. Topic of my talk was “Knowledge Sharing for Social Innovation: The Dutch Tilburg Regional Case” I published the slides of my talk in a previous post.

New publication: “It’s the Conversation, Stupid!” – Social Media Systems Design for Open Innovation Communities

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My joint book chapter with Mark Aakhus, “It’s the Conversation, Stupid!” ” Social Media Systems Design for Open Innovation Communities was just published in J.E. Lundström et al. eds.), Managing Open Innovation Technologies , Springer, Berlin. ISBN 978-3-642-31649-4.

Growing the Tilburg urban farming community map

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Introduction: The Tilburg Urban Farming Community. The Tilburg Urban Farmers Community is part of the Urban Farmers for a Liveable Brabant project. The project aims to strengthen and expand the urban farming communities in the cities of Tilburg, Den Bosch and Oss in the southern Dutch province of North Brabant. More precisely, its objective is to “create a larger impact of urban farming on the economy and society in a bottom-up way”.

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Knowledge Sharing for Social Innovation: The Dutch Tilburg Regional Case

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On October 21st, I gave a guest lecture at Rutgers University , USA, having been invited by the Communication Department, the MCIS Program, and the Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation and Design. Below my slides. A video recording of my presentation, and an interview by the School of Communication and Information with my host, Mark Aakhus , are still to follow. Abstract.

Een social innovation ecosysteem voor Midden-Brabant

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New publication: Expanding the Academic Research Community – Building Bridges into Society with the Internet

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Just published: A. de Moor (2014), Expanding the Academic Research Community – Building Bridges into Society with the Internet. In T. Denison, M. Sarrica, and L. Stillman (eds.), Theories, Practices, and Examples for Community and Social Informatics , Monash University Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN 978-1-921867-62-0. Abstract. Academic research is under threat from issues like lack of resources, fraud, and societal isolation.

Future interactions design: tapping the wisdom of the crowd

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Preparing for the future. On April 3, I attended the Chi Sparks 2014 conference on human computer interaction, to present my paper on the Kids’ Knowledge Base.

Communities & Technologies finally meeting Community Informatics

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I’m currently in Siegen, Germany. attending the Communities & Technologies Vision workshop. Goal of the workshop is to build more common ground between the two very related fields of Communities & Technologies (C&T) and Community Informatics.

New publication: The “Kids’ Knowledge Base”: Connecting Junior Science to Society

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Just published: A. de Moor (2014), The “Kids’ Knowledge Base”: Connecting Junior Science to Society. In Proc. of Chi Sparks 2014, The Hague, the Netherlands. The Hague University of Applied Sciences , pp.108-111. Abstract. Universities try to reinforce their connections with society in many different ways. Introducing children to science at an early age is an important part of this mission.

New publication – Towards a participatory community mapping method: the Tilburg urban farming community case

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Just published: A. de Moor (2015), Towards a participatory community mapping method: the Tilburg urban farming community case. In Adjunct Proceedings of the Communities & Technologies Conference (C&T 2015), Limerick, Ireland, 27-30 June, 2015 (to appear in International Reports on Socio-Informatics ). Abstract. Urban farming communities often consist of many disjoint initiatives, while having a strong need to overcome their fragmentation.

De Tilburgse Spoorzone als “Living Lab voor de Maatschappij van de Toekomst”

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De Tilburgse Spoorzone (zie ook Co-Creatie Kerngebied Spoorzone , Spoorzone site Brabants Dagblad en de Spoorzone Facebook groep ) staat in het centrum van de belangstelling. Ruim 2,5 kilometer lang met een oppervlakte van 75 hectare ligt deze voormalige NS werkplaats bijna volledig braak, maar met een geweldige potentie in deze stad van creatievelingen, makers, doeners en denkers. Het is de bedoeling dat de Spoorzone een “ Kennis Plus Profiel ” gaat krijgen.

Research Communities 2.0

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Deze presentatie laat zien hoe research communities door goed gebruik te maken van Internet het academisch onderzoeksproces kunnen helpen hervormen. Ik heb deze gegeven in het kader van de Masterclass Research Support die het Avans Leer- en Innovatiecentrum op 20 juni jl. heeft georganiseerd.

Social Innovation Meetup: “Exploring Labs for Social Change” – presentation notes

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On April 25, Social Innovation Meetup #4 , organized by Hivos and Kennisland, was held in Amsterdam. Theme: “Exploring Labs for Social Change” Social innovation labs are very popular as instruments for “changing the system” However, what actually happens in these labs?

Meebouwen aan de Creatieve Piramide van Brabant Brein

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Vorige week heb ik meegedaan met een avond van Brabant Brein in Breda. Uit “ de folder “: Brabant Brein is een unieke denktank die de creativiteit, kennis en denkkracht van Brabantse topspecialisten uit 11 sectoren en vanuit alle denkbare disciplines bundelt.

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“Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop – presentation notes

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On February 17, the international “Social Cities of Tomorrow” conference was held in Amsterdam. Prior to this conference, a three-day “Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop was held in which international participants from various professional backgrounds collaborated with local stakeholder organisations on 4 real-world urban cases : Urban Pioneers Zeeburgereiland (Amsterdam), Haagse Havens (The Hague), Strijp-S (Eindhoven), and Amsterdam Civic Innovator Network.

Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web!

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Today, the Web’s been around for 25 years, hip hip hurray!

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Weaving the Web: Launch of the Tilburg University Science Junction

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Today, Tilburg University’s Science Junction was launched: The Children’s University aims to work together with regional schools to develop curriculums and teaching materials for more gifted primary school students from groups 7 and 8 (age 10 to 12).

New publication: Towards Sheltered Communication Systems Design – A Socio-Technical Perspective

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The proceedings were just published containing my paper: A. de Moor (2012). Towards Sheltered Communication Systems Design: A Socio-Technical Perspective. In Proc. of the 9th Community Informatics Research Network Conference, Prato, Italy, November 7-9, 2012. Abstract.

Community mapping with Kumu: making sense of your community network

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Collaborative sensemaking. Communities are the building blocks of collaboration in today’s networked organizations. They consist of people working together for mutual benefit, developing strong relations, and weaving a web of vibrant interactions.

New publication: Creativity Meets Rationale – Collaboration Patterns for Social Innovation

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My book chapter “ Creativity Meets Rationale – Collaboration Patterns for Social Innovation ” was recently published in J. Carroll (ed.), Creativity and Rationale: Enhancing Human Experience by Design , Springer, Berlin. ISBN 978-1-4471-4110-5. Abstract.

LinkedIn Maps: art or science?

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LinkedIn is a great resource for exploring professional profiles. However, when your personal social network starts to grow into the hundreds of contacts, it becomes very hard to – quite literally – still see the bigger picture.

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New Publication: Public Libraries as Social Innovation Catalysts

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Just published: A. de Moor and R. van den Assem (2013), Public Libraries as Social Innovation Catalysts. In Proc. of the 10th Prato CIRN Conference “Nexus, Confluence, and Difference: Community Archives meets Community Informatics”, Prato, Italy, Oct 28-30 2013. Abstract. Public libraries urgently need to reinvent their role in society.

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Collaboration Patterns for Social Innovation: The Dutch – US Connection?

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As part of my visit to the University of Alabama in Huntsville I gave a presentation “Creativity Meets Rationale – Collaboration Patterns for Social Innovation” at the College of Business Administration. It was based on the book chapter with the same title that was published earlier this year in the book “Creativity and Rationale: Enhancing Human Experience by Design” The slides can be downloaded here.

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Expanding the Academic Research Community: Building Bridges into Society with the Internet

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Below the slides of the honors lecture I just gave at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The slides can be downloaded here. The talk is based on a book chapter with the same title that will be published by Monash University Publishing in the fall. A preprint of this chapter can be downloaded here. Thanks to the students for all your great questions. If there’s any more, feel free to post them here as comments.

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New publication – Community Digital Storytelling for Collective Intelligence: towards a Storytelling Cycle of Trust

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Copeland and A. de Moor (2017). Community Digital Storytelling for Collective Intelligence: towards a Storytelling Cycle of Trust. AI & Society, [link] ( preprint ). Abstract. Digital storytelling has become a popular method for curating community, organisational, and individual narratives.

Research consultancy: taking the plunge?

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On February 18, SIKS, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems , organized a career day for Ph.D. students, with the goal of making Ph.D. students think about what are the career opportunities after they finish.

Conversations in Context: A Twitter Case for Social Media Systems Design

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On September 1, I gave the invited talk for the 5th AIS SIGPrag International Pragmatic Web Conference Track of the I-SEMANTICS 2010 conference in Graz, Austria. Here are the abstract of and link to the paper , as well as the presentation. Abstract. Conversations are the lifeblood of collaborative communities. Social media like microblogging tool Twitter have great potential for supporting these conversations.

Dutch Innovation Seminar 2008

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On October 9, a beautiful autumn day, I went to the De Baak estate, in the wooded centre of the country to attend the Dutch Innovation Seminar 2008. De Baak is a well-known training institute, established by the largest employers’ organization in the Netherlands. As their site states, it “is the place for leaders, business people and professionals in search of inspiration, motivation, knowledge and insight&#. Well, inspiration abounded, plentifully.

On the Research Road: Meshing Physical & Online Community Mapping

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On the research road… In the spring, I decided to go on a “research road trip” to Silicon Valley and Northern California. The overarching research theme of my road trip was to engage in some deep learning and sharing on my main current R&D focus: community mapping.

March for Science NL: Sharing the”signs of the times”

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Yesterday was a momentous day in the history of science. Never before did so many scientists and science supporters take to the streets in such huge numbers across the globe. Mass demonstrations took place in over 600 events , from the North Pole to the Antarctic. This went way beyond just anger about budget cuts and petty research politics.

The right tool for the job: my first 750words.com story

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I am fascinated by online tools. Tools in the proper sense, of technologies fitting the job. It never ceases to amaze me how clients often think that “anything goes” when digital tools are concerned.

Powered by Social Innovation – Seminar Community Mapping

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Binnenkort geef ik een Powered by Social Innovation-Seminar Community Mapping bij het Midpoint Center for Social Innovation. Hier de uitnodiging: Seminar Community Mapping.

New publication: Communities in Context: Towards Taking Control of Their Tools in Common(s)

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Just published: A. de Moor (2015). Communities in Context: Towards Taking Control of Their Tools in Common(s). In The Journal of Community Informatics , 11(2). Abstract: In this exploratory paper, we outline some issues of inter-community socio-technical systems governance.

New publication: Learning 3.0: Collaborating for Impact in Large Development Organizations

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Just published: Nancy White, Rachel Cardone and Aldo de Moor (2014). Learning 3.0: Collaborating for Impact in Large Development Organizations. In Knowledge Management for Development Journal , 10(3):21-37.

The Future of Community Informatics: interview by Michael Gurstein

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Last year, Michael Gurstein , one of the “founding fathers” of the field of Community Informatics, interviewed me on Skype as part of a series of interviews he held with researchers and practitioners around the world.