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10th International Development Informatics Association Conference.

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Event Type
Conferences

Location
Hennopsriver Valley, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa

Date
23-08-2018

Time
10:00 AM

Host
International Development Informatics Association

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10th International Development Informatics Association IDIA2018 conference http:idia2018.com Gauteng, South Africa 22-24 August, 2018 Call for Papers Conference Theme: Making ICT Research Locally Relevant IMPORTANT DATES: Main Conference 23-24 August 2018 Full Paper Submission Deadline: 30 March 2018 Notification to Authors: 30 May 2018 Deadline for Final Camera-Ready Papers: 30 July 2018 Workshops 22 August 2018 Workshop Proposals 2 February 2018 Notification to Presenters: 2 April 2018 Masters & Doctoral Symposium IFIP WG9.4 and TC9 Event Paper Note Deadline: 30 April 2018 Notification to Participants: 30 June 2018 Final Camereia-Ready Papers and Poster: 30 July 2018 Postgraduate Symposium Date: 22 August 2018 CONFERENCE VENUE: LaWiiDA Game & Conference Centre, Hennopsriver Valley, Gauteng, South Africa www.lawiidalodge.co.za DESCRIPTION: There is still little consensus among scholars on what development means, who and what needs to be developed, and for what purpose. This raises fundamental questions about the future of Development Informatics research and brings to mind Geoff Walsham’s question, ‘Are we making a better world with technology?’ Walsham, 2012. ICTs have not delivered on the promise of making a better world for all; and there is evidence that technology has increased inequality in many cases Toyama, 2015. As such, the focus of the IDIA2018 conference is on Making ICT Research Locally Relevant. We seek to understand and respond to how politicians, NGOs, scholars, and citizens make sense of how ICTs can be used to improve the human condition. The predominant perspective is that ICTs can support the development, promotion and realization of a model of development that is holistic, inclusive, just and sustainable, which will lead to an appropriate quality of life for each individual on the planet. The 10th IDIA conference, however, offers an opportunity to look back, take stock and debate the way ahead. The future of ICT4D research lies in multidisciplinary interaction between researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers Walsham, 2017. Therefore, the debate would not be complete without industry and government representation or without a renewed emphasis on quality research education. Inevitably, we ask questions about how to better understand these problems and challenges. However, the aim is to go beyond understanding, to also offer context-rich, evidence-based theories, methodologies or actionable guidance to researchers and practitioners on how the employment of ICTs can meet local needs sustainably and appropriately. CALL FOR FULL PAPERS: In a keynote at the 3rd IDIA conference, Ron Weber reflected on how our rhetoric can be sustained by the research findings we present: Is the field of ICT4D research still driven too much by rhetoric and not enough by rigor and have we been able to gain reasonable levels of consensus about the realities we face Weber, 2009. As such, we believe that our review processes should not be divorced from what we seek to interrogate with our conference theme. We therefore invite papers that reflect on the local relevance of the research undertaken. Authors may argue for locally relevant ICT4D research in different ways, for example; they may argue for locally relevant practical contributions, theoretical contributions, or methodological contributions; papers may represent data-driven reasoning, indigenous theorizing or theory, local narratives or cases that offer nuanced descriptions of research realities or practice-led research; and so forth. Full Papers will be evaluated according to their novel research contribution, methodological soundness, theoretical framing and reference to related work, quality of analysis, and quality of writing and presentation. Manuscripts that consider novel designs, new technologies, project assessments, policy analyses, impact studies, theoretical contributions and social issues around ICT and development will be considered. Well-analyzed results from which generalizable or relevant conclusions can be drawn are also sought. Authors are encouraged to address the diversity of approaches in their research by providing context, implications, and actionable guidance to researchers and practitioners beyond the researchers’ primary domains. PAPER REQUIREMENTS: It is our pleasure to announce that selected best papers will published in a Communications in Computer and Information Science CCIS volume see http:www.springer.comseries7899. CCIS is abstractedindexed in DBLP, Google Scholar, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago, Scopus. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings. Papers that do not make the acceptance requirements of the Springer volume, but that are still of good quality and of interest to the IDIA community, will be considered for inclusion in a separate IDIA conference proceedings with an ISBN number. We envisage an acceptance rate of 35% for the Springer volume. To align with Springer’s requirements, each paper will be reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. We will only review and accept full papers 12 to 15 pages formatted according to Springer’s CCIS one-column page format. Only papers formatted in MS Word according to the Springer template will be reviewed and accepted. see https:www.springer.comgpauthors-editorsconference-proceedingsconference-proceedings-guidelines. Springer requires authors to include their ORCIDs when they submit their papers. For more details see https:www.springer.comgpauthors-editorsorcid and https:www.springer.comgpcomputer-sciencelncsorcid-for-your-proceedings-paper12272740 Only original, unpublished, research papers in English can be considered. Longer submissions not in the template format, not related to the conference themes, andor not meeting a minimum standard of academic research writing may be rejected without full review. The submission URL is: https:easychair.orgconferences?confidia2018 Important quick links: For MS Word paper templates and referencing guidelines: https:www.springer.comgpauthors-editorsconference-proceedingsconference-proceedings-guidelines. Do NOT submit papers formatted in LaTeX! Springer Guidelines for Authors of Proceedings: ftp:ftp.springernature.comcs-proceedingsvprocguidelinesSpringer_Guidelines_for_Authors_of_Proceedings.pdf Information on registering for an ORCID: https:www.springer.comgpauthors-editorsorcid and https:www.springer.comgpcomputer-sciencelncsorcid-for-your-proceedings-paper12272740 Author copyright forms: ftp:ftp.springer.depubtexlatexcciscopyrightccis_CH.pdf. This form has to be signed by the authors of each paper, at least by corresponding author, and collected electronically together with the final version of the paper. CALL FOR WORKSHOPS: Workshop date: 22 August 2017 Each workshop proposal maximum 5 pages must include: 1. Title of the workshop 2. Description of the issues covered, emphasizing the timeliness of the proposed workshop 3. Workshop Organizers names, affiliation and contact information 4. A short biography of the organizers up to 200 words 5. Planned format of the workshop, including the duration of the workshop: Half-day, Full-day and tentative schedule 6. Proposed fee Submission: Send workshop proposals in .pdf format to Marlien Herselman MHerselman@csir.co.za. CALL FOR POSTGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM: Please note the co-located IFIP workshop for postgraduate students see http:www.wg94mds.com on 22 August 2018. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Conference Chair Judy van Biljon, University of South Africa Vbiljja@unisa.ac.za Proceedings Chairs Kirstin Krauss, University of South Africa krauske@unisa.ac.za Marita Turpin, University of Pretoria marita.turpin@up.ac.za Filistea Naude, University of South Africa fnaude@unisa.ac.za Programme Chairs Marlien Herselman CSIR, MERAKA mherselman@csir.co.za Adele Botha CSIR, MERAKA abotha@csir.co.za Postgraduate Symposium Chairs Caroline Khene, Rhodes University c.khene@ru.ac.za Gugulethu Baduza, Rhodes University g.baduza@ru.ac.za Marketing Adele Botha, CSIR, MERAKA abotha@csir.co.za Sponsorships Hossana Twinomurinzi, University of South Africa twinoh@unisa.ac.za Caroline Khene, Rhodes University c.khene@ru.ac.za PROGRAM COMMITTEE http:idia2018.comIDIA_2018_ProgramCommittee.pdf REFERENCES Toyama, K. 2015. Special for USA TODAY, May 29, Can technology offer solutions to inequality?, Available online at: https:www.usatoday.comstorytech20150529kentaro-toyama-guest-column-inequality-zuckerberg-braff-clinton28034093 Walsham, G. 2012. Are we making a better world with ICTs? Reflections on a future agenda for the IS field. Journal of Information Technology, 272, 87–93. https:doi.org10.1057jit.2012.4 Walsham, G. 2017. ICT4D research: reflections on history and future agenda, Information Technology for Development, DOI: 10.108002681102.2016.1246406 Weber, R., 2009. Research on ICT for development: some reflections on rhetoric, rigor, reality and relevance. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International IDIA development informatics conference. 28-30 October 2009.

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