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Final reminder : CfP for IPID ICT4D Symposium 2012, Kristiansand, Norway (5th - 6th September)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Wednesday, 6th June 2012 @ 11:26pm

CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012

Wednesday, 5th September 2012 - Thursday, 6th September

Location: University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway

The 7th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) will be held 5-6 September, 2012 at University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. IPID is a network of postgraduate students doing research in ICT4D and operates through inter alia support to doctoral and master students and increased visibility at international conferences. The network is administered by the School of Business (Informatics) at the Örebro University and funded by the SPIDER/SIDA.  

Like previous years, the 2012 symposium will provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience and gain valuable experience. It is also an opportunity for young scientists to network and engage with international ICT4D scholars . The symposium will consist of two parts - paper presentations and interactive panels focusing on both professional and academic related questions (e.g. getting published, working in the field of ICT4D, ethical and moral issues in ICT4D research and implications/possibilities of ICT for Development). The aim is to have creative and friendly days where we can discuss and help each other.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•    Bridging the digital divide
•    Applications of ICT for development
•    Mobile technology for development
•    ICTs role in development practice
•    Theoretical frameworks
•    Methodological applications in ICTD research
•    Gender issues and ICT4D
•    Evaluation of ICT4D projects and research  
•    Sustainability and scalability of ICT4D projects

Please note that ICT4D is concerned about “[u]nderstanding precisely how ICTs can make a difference to the lives of the poor and marginalized [...]” (Unwin, 2009, p. 1). Read

Submission and presentation guidelines

Right after IPID 2011 a group of participants gathered informally to discuss the symposium formula and suggested some possible improvements. Everyone agreed that the traditional format of a sequence of oral presentations, while still being common practice in international conferences, has grown unsatisfactory as a method to effectively share experiences among young scholars and enable mutual learning, so to constitute a truly new generation of scholars. Building on this stimulus, we designed the following 3 innovative formats to choose from when submitting a proposal:  

1.      Paper + conventional oral presentation (15 minutes)

Requirements:

a) Both practical and theoretical papers, completed as well as research in progress, are welcome. Papers should be submitted to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se).

b) Max length of the paper 3500 words, along the guidelines of ITD Journal: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=titd20&page=instructions 

c) Max length of the talk: 6 minutes, to allow for 9 minutes of Q&A;

 2.     TED talk (20 minutes)

Requirements:

a) It has to contain a story from your direct personal experience as a researcher;

b) Max 1 keyword per slide: use images - descriptive,  iconic, metaphorical - instead of text. No bullet points allowed.

c) Max length of the talk: 10 minutes, to allow for 10 minutes of Q&A;

d) Use a clicker/remote control and do not stand behind the podium.

 3.     Role-play (30 minutes )

Requirements:

a) The researcher presents his work by setting up a short sketch of a problematic situation related to her/his research;

b) S/he will ask other IPID attendees to volunteer as actors and will provide them with a detailed description of their role as well as with a minimal plot of the simulation, to be acted out without long preparation.

c) The researcher will have 7 minutes for the preparation of the scene, selecting and briefing actors, 3 minutes for the first performance. After that, the researcher has 20 minutes to animate the debate with the audience linking it to her/his research, explaining why the scene captures her/his core interest and/or what makes it problematic and possibly ask other audience members to substitute one of the actors and replay the scene differently, while preserving its plausibility.

IPID “veterans” Paolo Brunello and Inés Bebea are available to assist via Skype any candidate who would like to choose the third format to clarify how to prepare the role-play.

On the evening of the 4th of September they will animate an ICT4Drama workshow as a warm-up socialising activity to help create the informal, collaborative atmosphere that has always characterized IPID PG symposia and that will break the ice for truly interactive sessions in the following days.  

The scientific value and academic professionalism of the presentation will still hold as the main beam for the selection of the proposal by the organising committe. Should two proposals be assessed equal under these main criteria, the one adopting a more innovative format will be favored. 

All presentations will be videorecorded and published on IPID YouTube channel, Ustream and on IPID website (http://www.ipid.se), unless the presenter asks otherwise.

Best presentation awards

At the end of each presentation, all attendees will be required to provide a personalised feedback to the presenter via a websurvey. Senior researchers' feedback will be weighted differently in the calculation of the best three presentations, one for each of the 3 format.

Keynote speakers

  • Rahul De, PhD, Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Sustainable Economic Development, Quantitative Methods & Information Systems Area, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), Bangalore, India
  • Øystein Sæbø, PhD, Associate Professor, Member of the E-Government research group, University of Agder, Norway 

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission   : 2012-06-15*
Notification of acceptance         : 2012-07-20
Early-bird registration ends       : 2012-08-15
Registration ends                   : 2012-08-30
Symposium                           : 5-6 September 2012

* Those who need travel visa, please submit your paper as soon as possible together with the following information for processing of your ivitation letter : (1) a proof of your postgrduate studentship (e.g acceptance letter and/or current status), (2) name of your supervisor, or program manager/Coodinator with email address, (3) passport number , (4) nationality, and (5) your address, from the country where you will apply for visa. 

Fees and Registration

To be announced. Last year, it was €100.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants worth of SEK 4500 each will be awarded to the participants with accepted papers (and with deserving background). This is indeed a partial funding and will be reimbursed after a few weeks of the symposium. If you are interested in it, please submit your paper together with an applcation for travel grant. 

Getting to Kristiansand, Norway and Accommodation 

Getting to the University of Agder (UiU), please follow this link:
http://www.uia.no/en/portals/about_the_university/who_what_where/getting_there Note that we will probably arrange taxis going to and from the UiU from the Kristiansand City centre. Please check the site periodically for updates.

Recommended accommodations (but at your OWN discretion)

Book now, pay on arrival at the hotel : Please visit booking.com (Please check the 'Cancellation policy' of the respective hotels)

Some 'less expensive' hotels :
http://www.yesshotel.no/english/index.php?id=1
http://www.budgethotel.no/centrum/index.php?id=1

Sightseeing and social activities 

Please check back later. We will update the information soon.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact any of the organizers below:

Organizing committee

- M. Sirajul Islam, IPID Coordinator (sirajul.islam[at]oru.se)
- Annika Andersson, Örebro University  (annika.andersson[at]oru.se)
- Mathias Hatakka, Örebro University (mathias.hatakka[at]oru.se)

- Paolo Brunello, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
  (Email)

- Dr. Øystein Sæbø, Associate Professor, Member of the E-Government
  research group, University of Agder, Norway  (oystein.sabo[at]uia.no)

- Dr. Devinder Thapa,  Research Fellow, Dept. of Information Systems, 
  University of Agder, Norway (devinder.thapa[at]uia.no)
                     
Symposium Chair:

Åke Grönlund, Professor, Informatics,  Örebro University, School of Business, Sweden

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 10/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Monday, 4th June 2012 @ 2:04am

[Apologies for potential cross postings]

IPID sponsored event  

DEADLINE APPROACHING : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission: June 15, 2012 (However, those who need travel visa, please submit your paper as soon as possible) .

URL: groupspaces . com/ipid/item/229187

Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers. Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012

 
Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums /Participation  


SIDA Workshop: ICT in a changing world
June 13th 2012, hrs 09.00-19.00
Stockholm City Conference Centre, Barnhusgatan 71b, Stockholm
URL: http://www.sida.se/English/Partners/Sida-Partnership_Forum/kurser-o-seminarier/dolda-undersidor/ICT-in-a-changing-world/

12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
Conference Theme: Into the Future: Themes, insights and agendas for ICT4D research and practice
WG 9.4: Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
Ocho Rios, Jamaica, 19-22 May, 2013
Submission Deadline : November 26th, 2012
URL: http://www.ifipwg94.org/ifip-conference-2013

Platform Dialogue with the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development
June 7, 2012  Sida HQ, Valhallavägen 199 , Stockholm/Sweden, Room Asante
URL: http://www.donorplatform.org/resources/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/06/07/279/-/platform-dialogue-food-security-and-climate-change.html

FIP Working Group 8.2 Conference: Shaping the Future of ICT Research: Methods and Approaches
December 13-14, 2012 University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Paper Submission deadline : 1 July, 2012
URL: http://www.ifip82-2012.usf.edu

2nd International Conference on Social Computing and Its Applications (SCA2012)
Theme: Social Media, Mining and Analytics
November1-3, 2012, Xiangtan, China
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://kpnm.hnust.cn/confs/sca2012  

2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice
December 3-5, 2012. Auckland, New zealand
Submission deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://www.idc2012.org.nz  

HICSS-46th  eGovernment Track 2013
7-10 January, 2013 The Grand Wailea Maui, Wailea, Hawaii, USA
Submission deadline: June 15, 2012
URL: http ://faculty . washington . edu/js choll/hicss46/Welcome . html

International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer2012)
2th to 15th December 2012 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Submission deadline : 11 June 2012
URL: http ://www . icter . org/conference/ ICTer2012

10th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia (MoMM2012)
3 - 5 December 2012 Bali, Indonesia
Submission deadline: July 15 2012
URL: http ://www . iiwas . org/conferences /momm2012/

Effectively Applying Mobile Technologies to the World Bank’s Development Planning
07 June 07, 2012 11:30 am - 12:30pm EST
Online Webinar. Register today at http  ://brettonwoods . org/events/i ndex . php/80/Effectively_Applying Mobile_Technologies_to_the_Worl d_Bank_s_Development_Planning

Global Innovation Summit 2012
July 16-18, 2012 Silicon Valley, California, USA
For registration : http://www.innosummit.com


GDN 13th Annual Global Development Conference
‘Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus’
June 16-18, 2012. Budapest, Hungary
URL: http://www.gdn.int/html/page2.php?MID=3&SID=24&SSID=73&SCID=29 

Arctic Light e-He@lth Conference 2012
19 June 2012 - 20 June 2012 Lulea, Sweden
URL: http://www.aer.eu/evenements-are/commission-2-politique-sociale-sante-publique/2012/alec2012.html

IIED conference : Fair ideas: Solutions for a sustainable planet
June 16 - 17, 2012 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
URL: http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/events/iied-conference-fair-ideas-solutions-for-a-sustainable-planet.html


Studies/ICT4D cases/Resources / Mobile news/PhD Colloquium  

PhD colloquium at IFIP eGov/ePart 2012, Kristiansand/Norway
Sunday 2 September. University of Agder (UiA), Kristansand, Norway
Application for participation deadline: June 15, 2012
URL: http://www.egov-conference.org/egov-2012/egov-phd-colloquium

Why we need Sustainable Development Goals
Opinion by : Paula Caballero Gómez
URL: http://www.scidev.net/en/science-and-innovation-policy/science-at-rio-20/opinions/why-we-need-sustainable-development-goals-1.html

5 Tips for Setting Up Inclusive ICT for Development Programmes
URL: http://www.iicd.org/articles/five-tips-for-setting-up-inclusive-ict-for-development-programmes

A Cautionary Tale of ICT4D Failure at Scale
URL: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/05/18/cautionary-tale-ict4d-failure-scale

Coffee Farmers in Kenya to Use Text Based Crop Warning System
URL: http://www.iicd.org/articles/coffee-farmers-in-kenya-to-use-text-based-crop-warning-system 

Highlights from Fill the Gap 9; Moving Beyond the Mobile Hype
URL: http://www.iicd.org/articles/highlights-from-fill-the-gap-9-moving-beyond-the-mobile-hype 

Solar Panels Provide Power for Improved Education in Remote Maasai Area
URL: http://www.iicd.org/articles/solar-panels-provide-power-for-improved-education-in-remote-maasai-area 

ICT led social innovation process 2011
URL: http://www.iicd.org/about/publications/ict-led-social-innovation-process-2011 

Primary Schools in Kenya's North Rift Valley to Use Digital Tools to Reduce Dropout Rate
A group of primary schools in Kenya's Pokot and Turkana tribes' districts is improving its management and education quality by using computers and training teachers and administrators in the use of them. Ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the dropout rate of primary schools students. Read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/primary-schools-in-kenya2019s-north-rift-valley-to-use-digital-tools-to-reduce-dropout-rate 

Hospitals in Northern Ghana increase efficiency with health information system
Three hospitals in the towns of Saboba, Wiaga and Bawku in Northern Ghana, are setting up an upgraded health information system, customised to fit their specific needs. The system can help to increase the hospitals efficiency giving more insight into patients registrations, help to more easily keep track of pharmacy stock and more. Read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/hospitals-in-northern-ghana-increase-efficiency-with-health-information-system

Burkinabe shea producers in LeoRural Burkinabe Women Get More Active role in Community Thanks to Radio Debates
Women in Gomboussougou, a village in the Centre-Sud Region of Burkina Faso, are now for the first time in their lives able to participate in debates and municipal meetings in their community. These meetings are also broadcasted by the community radio started by women's association Pag La Yiri. Read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/women-in-rural-burkina-faso-get-more-active-role-in-community-meetings-thanks-to-radio-debates 

Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions

QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships in Digital Media, Communication and Culture and Sustainability and Innovation in Design
Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
The Fellowships are open to Australian and international applicants
Applications deadline:  31 August 2012
URL: http://www.qut.edu.au/research/scholarships-and-funding/vice-chancellors-research-fellowships

H2O Project Manager/Technical Lead Position at Harvard Law School
(H2O is an online platform for textbook development and distribution)
Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Harvard Law School, Boston, USA
This is a term-limited position ending June 30, 2013
URL: https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/asp/tg/cim_jobdetail.asp?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=26463BR

Get an ICT4D Job! Policy, Health, Management
ICT Policy Specialist (World Bank), Senior ICT Expert (EPOS Health Management) ,  Manager – ICT4D Projects (Catholic Relief Services) URL: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/05/29/get-ict4d-job-policy-health-management 

Scholarships/ Grants / Competitions/Fellowships  

Call For Entries : Pivot East Mobile Apps Developer Conference
June 5 - 6 2012, Nairobi, Kenya
This second edition of East Africa’s regional mobile apps developer competition and conference will be held on June 5th and 6th in Nairobi. Eligible contestants for the competition will be individuals and companies domiciled in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan. The pitching conference will have a rich audience of investors, development partners, telecoms operators and other industry players from East Africa and across the globe. URL: http://pivoteast.com/

CICOPS Scholarship 2013, University of Pavia, Italy
Submission deadline: June 30, 2012
Ten scholarships for visiting scholars from developing countries for a period of stay of 4 to 10 weeks.
URL: http://www.unipv.eu/site/en/home/international-relations/cicops/cicops-scholarships.html

Exceptional Master’s level theses award on Development study  from UniPID universities
Submission deadline: July 31, 2012
UniPID and the Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR) are jointly seeking to award an exceptional Master’s level theses from UniPID universities. The prize sum is 1,000 euros. There will also be two honorable mentions for exceptionally meriting works. The first Master’s Award in Development Studies will be presented at the UniPID 10-year seminar held this fall.
URL: http ://www . unipid . fi/en/page/57/ development_studies_award/

EUDLINK II Projects in Higher Education - Energy Access/Agriculture & Food Security
Proposal submission deadline: 30 July 2012
Proposals will aim at supporting HEIs in ACP States to create new and upgrade existing curricula and teaching methods, reinforce links between teaching, modern technologies, lifelong learning and research, as well as strengthening their management and administration capacity. Grants size: Minimum - EUR 200,000, Maximum: EUR 500,000, Maximum EC Grant : 85%. Duration : 12 months – 42 months.
URL: http ://www . acp-edulink . eu/node/2 137

Call for Nominations for Best IS Publication of the Year Awards 2011
The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and its Senior Scholars will be presenting their "Best IS Publications of the Year Awards to five journal articles published in 2011. The presentations will be made at ICIS in Orlando (http://icis2012.aisnet.org/ ). Nominations will be open until June 30, 2012.
An editor-in-chief may nominate an IS article from his or her journal by sending a PDF version of the published article to either Allen S. Lee (atlenslee@alum.mit.edu ), Fred Niederman (at niederfa@slu.edu ) or Claudia Loebbecke (claudia.loebbecke@uni-koeln.de). 
 

Some PhD and reaserch positions at UNU-IIST, Macau

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Monday, 21st May 2012 @ 9:00pm

To whom it may concern.

Dear IPID member,

There are some academic and research positions available at the 'United Nations University - International Institute for Software Technology (UNI-IIST)' , Macau, China. Some deadlines are approaching fast.

Please visit at http://iist.unu.edu/about-us/positions  for the details.


With best wishes,

- Siraj
  IPID Coordinator

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 09/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Thursday, 17th May 2012 @ 2:26am

[Apologies for potential cross postings]

IPID sponsored event  

Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel grants
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission: June 15, 2012 (However, those who need travel visa, please submit your paper as soon as possible) .

URL:groupspaces . com/ipid/item/229187

Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers. Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012

 
Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums /Participation  

Spider ICT4D Seminar: Learning Lessons and Moving Forward in ICT4D Projects
Presenter: Dr. Laura Hosman, Illinois Institute of Technology, Spider Board member
24 May 2012, 15:00 to 17:00. Venue: Lecture hall B, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, Sweden
The seminar is open to all participants and will be webcast on www.spidercenter.org

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar
Presenter: Dr. Paula Uimonen, Director of Spider
31 May 2012 at 16:00 Stockholm, Sweden
http ://www . spidercenter . org/news room/event/ict4d-seminar-paula-u imonen

Spider ICT4D Seminar: Change management in education in developing contexts - lessons
Presenter: David Hollow
June 1, 10:00-12:00 Venue: Lecture hall C, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, Sweden
The seminar is open to all participants and will be webcast on www.spidercenter.org

2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice
December 3-5, 2012. Auckland, New zealand
Submission deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://www.idc2012.org.nz  

HICSS-46th  eGovernment Track 2013
7-10 January, 2013 The Grand Wailea Maui, Wailea, Hawaii, USA
Submission deadline: June 15, 2012
URL: http ://faculty . washington . edu/js choll/hicss46/Welcome . html

Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference 2012
November 3, 2012, London
Abstract submission deadline : May 28, 2012
URL http ://www . devstud . org . uk/downlo ads/4f439d0d2966f_dsa2012callfor panelabstractsfeb2012 . pdf

International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer2012)
2th to 15th December 2012 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Submission deadline : 11 June 2012
URL: http ://www . icter . org/conference/ ICTer2012

5th International Workshop on Process-oriented Information Systems in Healthcare & 4th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care
3rd September  2012 Tallinn, Estonia 
Submissions deadline : 1 June 2012
URL: http ://mis . hevra . haifa . ac . il/~mo rpeleg/events/prohealth_KR4HC_20 12

IADIS International conference www/Internet 2012
18 - 21 October 2012 Madrid, Spain
Submission Deadline: 28 May 2012
URL: http ://www . internet-conf . org/

7th International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2012)
22-24 August, 2012 University of Macau, Macau, China
Submission deadline : May 31, 2012
URL: http ://www . icdim . org

1st International Congress of Development Studies
Date: 14 - 16 November 2012 Santander, Spain
Submission deadline : May 31, 2012
URL: http ://congresoreedes . unican . es/ english/index . html

10th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia (MoMM2012)
3 - 5 December 2012 Bali, Indonesia
Submission deadline: July 15 2012
URL: http ://www . iiwas . org/conferences /momm2012/

7th Annual Global Internet Governance Symposium
5 November 2012  Baku, Azerbaijan
Submission deadline : May 20, 2012
URL: http ://giga-net . org/

Effectively Applying Mobile Technologies to the World Bank’s Development Planning
07 June 07, 2012 11:30 am - 12:30pm EST
Online Webinar. Register today at http ://brettonwoods . org/events/i ndex . php/80/Effectively_Applying Mobile_Technologies_to_the_Worl d_Bank_s_Development_Planning  

Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security?
29 May, 2012 09:00 -12:00
Venue : Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SIANI), Hörsalen, SIDA, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Sweden
URL: http ://www . siani . se/index . php/co mponent/rsevents/event/67-smart- farming-seminar-focus-on-mobile- phone-use-in-african-agriculture - . html

Mobile Health Summit 2012
29th May - 1st June, 2012, Cape Town, South Africa
URL: http://www.mobilehealthsummit.com/registration/registration.shtml

2nd International  Conference on Innovative Computing Technology (INTECH 2012)
September 18-20, 2012 Mohammed V-Agdal University, Rabat in Morocco.
Technically co-sponsored by IEEE UK&RI
Proceedings will be published in the IEEE Xplore

Submission deadline : May 31, 2012
URL: http://www.dirf.org/intech

South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists Annual Conference (SAICSIT2012)
1st - 3rd October 2012 Irene Country Lodge, Centurion, Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa
Submission deadline: May 31, 2012

URL: http://eagle.unisa.ac.za/saicsit2012/

Making large volunteer-driven projects sustainable. Lessons learned from Drupal
Tuesday, May 29, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Cambridge, MA.
This event will be webcast live. RSVP required for those attending in person.
URL: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/05/buytaert

Seminar on Social Impact through Creative Design
Tuesday, 22nd May at 12.15 pm - 5:00 pm. Venue: Master`s of Arts exhibition hall, Rantamakasiini L3
Tyynenmerenkatu 6 (ex. Hietasaarenkuja 6), Jätkasaari, Finland
URL:www.aaltoglobalimpact.org

Studies/ICT4D cases/Resources / Mobile news/PhD Colloquium  

European Report on Development 2011-2012

By 2030 demand for food, water and energy is expected to rise by 30-40%. Population growth, together with a growing middle class in emerging and developing nations, will put worldwide food production and security under extreme pressure. In the context of increasing resource scarcity and climate change, effective natural resources management is ripe for a major development policy discussion. This project undertakes the preparation of an the European Report on Development (ERD) 2012 researching this issue with the objective of presenting a report on effective natural resources management for sustainable and inclusive growth in the run up to the next RIO+20 Earth Summit in 2012. Please read more at http://www.erd-report.eu/erd/report_2011/

PhD colloquium at IFIP eGov/ePart 2012, Kristiansand/Norway
Sunday 2 September. University of Agder (UiA), Kristansand, Norway
Application for participation deadline: June 15, 2012
URL: http://www.egov-conference.org/egov-2012/egov-phd-colloquium

Free e-Book from WSIS Forum: "Accelerating Development Using the Web: Empowering Poor and Marginalized Populations".
The World Wide Web Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Accelerating Development Using the Web: Empowering Poor and Marginalized Populations. Generously supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the book is a compendium of articles by recognized experts describing the real and potential effects of the World Wide Web in all major aspects of economic and  social development. To read more, please download the book at  http://public.webfoundation.org/publications/accelerating-development/

Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:

H2O Project Manager/Technical Lead Position at Harvard Law School
(H2O is an online platform for textbook development and distribution)
Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Harvard Law School, Boston, USA
This is a term-limited position ending June 30, 2013
URL: https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/asp/tg/cim_jobdetail.asp?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=26463BR

Vacancies at SIDA for young graduates: Bilateral assistant experts - B4D and ICT4D
Application deadline :  May 20, 2012
SIDA (www.sida.se) is currently looking for 10 Bilateral assistant experts in Business for Development (B4D) and 5 Bilateral assistant experts in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D). The placement will be at the Swedish Embassies abroad and or with one of Sweden's partners.
URLs:  . reachmee . com/i007 /sida/se/VacDetail . aspx?CommAdSe qNo=1087 and http ://www . sida . se/Svenska/Om-os s/Jobba-med-bistand/Lediga-jobb/

Get an ICT4D Job! Ghana, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iraq
URL: http ://www . ictworks . org/news/201 2/05/01/get-ict4d-job-ghana-ethi opia-afghanistan-iraq

Scholarships/ Grants / Competitions/Fellowships:

CICOPS Scholarship 2013, University of Pavia, Italy
Submission deadline: June 30, 2012
Ten scholarships for visiting scholars from developing countries for a period of stay of 4 to 10 weeks.
URL: http://www.unipv.eu/site/en/home/international-relations/cicops/cicops-scholarships.html

Exceptional Master’s level theses award on Development study  from UniPID universities
Submission deadline: July 31, 2012
UniPID and the Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR) are jointly seeking to award an exceptional Master’s level theses from UniPID universities. The prize sum is 1,000 euros. There will also be two honorable mentions for exceptionally meriting works. The first Master’s Award in Development Studies will be presented at the UniPID 10-year seminar held this fall.
URL: http ://www . unipid . fi/en/page/57/ development_studies_award/

EUDLINK II Projects in Higher Education - Energy Access/Agriculture & Food Security
Proposal submission deadline: 30 July 2012
Proposals will aim at supporting HEIs in ACP States to create new and upgrade existing curricula and teaching methods, reinforce links between teaching, modern technologies, lifelong learning and research, as well as strengthening their management and administration capacity. Grants size: Minimum - EUR 200,000, Maximum: EUR 500,000, Maximum EC Grant : 85%. Duration : 12 months – 42 months.
URL: http ://www . acp-edulink . eu/node/2 137

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 08/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 8th May 2012 @ 12:51am

[Apologies for potential cross postings. Archived news digests can be found at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/  and at http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/archived/]
 

IPID sponsored events  

Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel grants
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission: June 15, 2012 (However, those who need travel visa, please submit your paper as soon as possible) .

URL:
groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187

Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers. Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012


IPID Workshop on ‘Scientific writing and publications’
The workshop took place on the 3rd May at the Orebro University, Sweden.  The presentations are now available at the YouTube. Please subscribe
http://www.youtube.com/user/ipid4u and watch the presentations at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC4B244695BD12BAC&feature=view_all

 
Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation  

6th International Development Informatics Association Conference
6-8 September 2012 Istanbul, Turkey
Submission deadline : 15 May 2012 (extended)
Theme: Alleviating Digital Poverty with ICT innovation in emerging economies
URL:  
http://developmentinformatics.org/conferences/2012/6th.html


HICSS-46th  e-Government Track 2013
7-10 January, 2013 The Grand Wailea Maui, Wailea, Hawaii, USA
Submission deadline: June 15, 2012
URL:
http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/hicss46/Welcome.html

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar
31 May 2012 at 16:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter: Dr. Paula Uimonen, Director of Spider
http://www.spidercenter.org/newsroom/event/ict4d-seminar-paula-uimonen

Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference 2012
November 3, 2012, London
Abstract submission deadline : May 28, 2012
URL
http://www.devstud.org.uk/downloads/4f439d0d2966f_dsa2012callforpanelabstractsfeb2012.pdf

International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer2012)
2th to 15th December 2012 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Submission deadline : 11 June 2012
URL:
http://www.icter.org/conference/ICTer2012

5th International Workshop on Process-oriented Information Systems in
Healthcare
& 4th International Workshop on Knowledge Representation for Health Care
3rd September  2012 Tallinn, Estonia 
Submissions deadline : 1 June 2012
URL:
http://mis.hevra.haifa.ac.il/~morpeleg/events/prohealth_KR4HC_2012


ICTM 2012 International Conference on ICT Management for Global Competitiveness and Economic Growth in Emerging Economies
17-18 September, 2012 Wroclaw, Poland,
Submission Deadline: May 8, 2012 (Extended )
URL:
http://www.ictm2012.edukacja.wroc.pl/

IADIS International conference www/Internet 2012
18 - 21 October 2012 Madrid, Spain
Submission Deadline: 28 May 2012
URL:
http://www.internet-conf.org/

7th International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2012)
22-24 August, 2012 University of Macau, Macau, China
Submission deadline : May 31, 2012
URL:
http://www.icdim.org

1st International Congress of Development Studies
Date: 14 - 16 November 2012 Santander, Spain
Submission deadline : May 31, 2012
URL:
http://congresoreedes.unican.es/english/index.html

10th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia (MoMM2012)
3 - 5 December 2012 Bali, Indonesia
Submission deadline: July 15 2012
URL:
http://www.iiwas.org/conferences/momm2012/

7th Annual Global Internet Governance Symposium
5 November 2012  Baku, Azerbaijan
Submission deadline : May 20, 2012
URL:
http://giga-net.org/

Effectively Applying Mobile Technologies to the World Bank’s Development Planning

07 June 07, 2012 11:30 am - 12:30pm EST
Online Webinar. Register today at
http://brettonwoods.org/events/index.php/80/Effectively_Applying_Mobile_Technologies_to_the_World_Bank_s_Development_Planning  

WSIS Forum workshop : Disability agendas in ICTs and strategies: Rhetoric and reality
17th May, 2012, 09:00 – 10:45 Geneva, Switzerland  
URL:
http://www.gg.rhul.ac.uk/ict4d/wsis2012flyer.pdf

Can mobile phones improve agricultural productivity, resilience and food security?
29 May, 2012 09:00 -12:00
Venue : Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SIANI), Hörsalen, SIDA, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Sweden
URL:
http://www.siani.se/index.php/component/rsevents/event/67-smart-farming-seminar-focus-on-mobile-phone-use-in-african-agriculture-.html


Studies/ICT4D cases/Resources / Mobile news


The Research Agenda for IT Impact Sourcing
URL: http://ict4dblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/the-research-agenda-for-it-impact-sourcing/

UNDP resources on ICT4D
URL: https://www.undpegov.org/taxonomy/term/7

Learning in a book-poor, mobile-rich world
Mobile technologies are promoting collaborative learning in science classes in Chile; strengthening communication between principals and teachers in Kenya; reinforcing newly-acquired literacy skills for women and girls in Pakistan; facilitating adult vocational training in Europe; and improving the efficiency and speed of educational data collection in Argentina. Read more at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/resources/online-materials/single-view/news/learning_in_a_book_poor_mobile_rich_world/

Online course on ‘Mobile Health Design’
May 23 - June 20, 2012
This 4-week online course examines the impact and potential of mobile devices for health at a national and global level. Using systematic design methodologies, professionals will learn to conceptualize and design healthapps that incorporate evidence-based guidelines and capitalize on the unique capabilities of smartphones. The class project is to design a weight loss app for Consumer Reports, who will present along with other guest lecturers. More at:
http://mobilehealthdesign.org.

4th Tufts Summer Institute on Digital Strategies for Health Communication
July 15 -20, 2012
This one-week, intensive course prepares professionals to develop, formulate, and implement a comprehensive strategy to enhance their organizations? online presence. Participants will learn practical skills for planning and executing effective health initiatives using the most current web, social media, and mobile technologies. The case study is the CDC, and the class project is to develop a new digital strategy for the CDC. More at: http://digitalstrategiesforhealth.com.

PhD summer school : Political Economy of Information and Communication Technologies
21 – 26 August 2012 Skagen, Denmark
The focus of the School will be on two important developments: 1) Internet and the media and 2) Internet of Things (IoT)
URL:
http://phdsummerschool.nordict.aau.dk 

Information needs and communication patterns of farmers and agricultural micro-enterprises
A new report on the information needs and communication patterns of smallholders as well as agricultural micro-enterprises is now available on our website. The report is based mainly on the findings of smallholder and agricultural-micro-enterprises surveys, which were carried out as part of the Teleuse@BOP4 study. Some findings from the qualitative component of Teleuse@BOP4 have also been incorporated.
URL:
http://lirneasia.net/2012/04/information-needs-and-communication-patterns-of-farmers-and-agricultural-micro-enterprises/  

Mobile Monday Fourth Annual “Mobile Africa Research’ Report
This report, the fourth annual Mobile Africa report produced by MobileMonday and released at the annual Innovation Africa Digital Summit, addresses the growing strength of mobile innovation practices in Africa. The material is drawn from interviews with over two dozen digital media experts as well as extensive research from news and market reports.The focus of the Mobile Africa report this time is on the overall innovation ecosystem, which includes a range of stakeholders: industry, entrepreneurs, government, academia, civil society, donors and multilateral organisations. The report also addresses the crucial role of innovator networks and incubators.
To know more, please download this report from
http://www.mobilemonday.net/reports/MobileAfrica_2012.pdf

5 Tips for Setting Up Inclusive ICT for Development Programmes
Five tips will that will help to co-create inclusive programmes in ICT for health, education and economic development. These tips are based on an evaluation of the set-up phase of ICT for development programmes of the IICD-led Connect4Change Consortium. Read more at
http://www.iicd.org/articles/five-tips-for-setting-up-inclusive-ict-for-development-programmes

How to Improve Technology Tenders in ICT for Development
Yet again, I see another government tender for technology to improve the social and economic development of a country that is based around processor speed or operating systems. As if the sole determinant of ICT4D projects success is sufficient RAM. Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/04/30/how-improve-technology-tenders-ict-development

Be Aware of Particiant Response Bias in ICT4D product Development
Those of us working in ICTD frequently work with groups of people that differ significantly from ourselves. However, little attention has been paid to the effects these differences have on the evaluation of technological systems. In this project, we investigated the effects of participant response bias in field studies in developing countries. Via 450 interviews in Bangalore, India, we measure participant response bias due to interviewer demand characteristics and the role of social and demographic factors in influencing that bias. Read more at
http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/04/25/be-aware-participant-response-bias-ict4d-product-development

We need affordable Broadband Internet for mlearning
mEducation is operating in the dark – and needs more insight from the broadband industry and the analyst community about pricing, speed, reliability, and forecasting. Without this knowledge, it’s impossible to see where mEducation is headed. It’s all guesswork.
Read more at
http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/05/04/we-need-affordable-broadband-internet-mlearning


ICT to fostering inter-family relationships, naturally
From mobile phones to social networking, technology helps bring geographically dispersed people together. But most applications are designed for individuals, not groups or families. EU-funded research is addressing the issue with innovative tools designed to help families communicate and interact as naturally as possible even if they are hundreds or thousands of kilometres apart. The solution combines state-of-the-art artificial intelligence with ambient intelligence, multimedia tools and audio and video capturing, encoding, processing and transmission to enable near-natural interaction and communication between dispersed groups of people. Read more at
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/item-detail-dae.cfm?item_id=8013

Giving Everyone a Laptop is Counterproductive for Learning
Here’s a quiz for you. Let’s say you are in the middle of a rural below-poverty-line area in a developing country. Let’s say you have 30 mobile phones, or 30 tablets, or 30 laptops. They are all loaded with good quality educational software. You have a class of 30 teenagers or adults. Or even extremely old people. So the question is – how many of your devices do you hand out to the students? Do you give them one each? Er, no. At least, not in my experience.  Read more at
http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/04/20/giving-everyone-laptop-counterproductive-learning

Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:

Vacancies at SIDA for young graduates: Bilateral assistant experts - B4D and ICT4D
Application deadline :  May 20, 2012
SIDA (
www.sida.se) is currently looking for 10 Bilateral assistant experts in Business for Development (B4D) and 5 Bilateral assistant experts in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D). The placement will be at the Swedish Embassies abroad and or with one of Sweden's partners.
URLs:
https://web101.reachmee.com/i007/sida/se/VacDetail.aspx?CommAdSeqNo=1087 and http://www.sida.se/Svenska/Om-oss/Jobba-med-bistand/Lediga-jobb/

Programme Coordinator ICT for development (ICT4D)
Application deadline : May 15, 2012
Requirements :  Post graduate degree in communication / ICT / informatics / information and knowledge sciences and minimum 5 years’ relevant experience in ICTs and development. Annual gross base salary 68 K € largely tax exempted. Applications are invited only from citizens of the 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States as well as those of European Union Member States. For more,
http://www.cta.int/en/content/view/full/5205
 
Get an ICT4D Job! Ghana, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iraq
URL:
http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/05/01/get-ict4d-job-ghana-ethiopia-afghanistan-iraq

Internship opportunity at the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Media and Information Literacy initiatives
Post Title: Education Intern/Volunteer – unpaid
Post Level: Internship/Volunteer
Duty Station: New York, NY
Duration: 3 – 4 months
Closing Date: 21 April 2012
For more information:
http://www.unaoc.org/2012/03/education-internvolunteer/

 
Grants / Competitions/Fellowships:

Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) Travel Grants to ESOF2012
Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF); Travel Grants to Attend ESOF2012
http://www.esof.eu/dbimages/document/fichier/171/Call_for_applications_travel_grants_2012.pdf

Call for proposal: UniPID Virtual Studies Funding for UN Themed Courses
Deadline : May 15, 2012
The Finnish UN Association and the UniPID Network (Finnish University Partnership for International Development) are hereby inviting interested coordinators and teachers in UniPID universities to submit course proposals for new thematic virtual courses relating to the United Nations (UN). Especially course proposals relating to the UN and global governance, economics, or education are encouraged. A sum of €10000 per course is available for the creation and provision of a new UN themed virtual course; provided that the coordinating university will arrange the course (open to all UniPID university students) at least 3 times without further funding. The aim is to now fund two new courses in order for students to be able to choose a 25 ECTS Minor in UN Studies in the future.
URL:
www.unipid.fi

Exceptional Master’s level theses award on Development study  from UniPID universities
Submission deadline: July 31, 2012
UniPID and the Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR) are jointly seeking to award an exceptional Master’s level theses from UniPID universities. The prize sum is 1,000 euros. There will also be two honorable mentions for exceptionally meriting works. The first Master’s Award in Development Studies will be presented at the UniPID 10-year seminar held this fall.
URL:
http://www.unipid.fi/en/page/57/development_studies_award/

EUDLINK II Projects in Higher Education - Energy Access/Agriculture & Food Security
Proposal submission deadline: 30 July 2012
Proposals will aim at supporting HEIs in ACP States to create new and upgrade existing curricula and teaching methods, reinforce links between teaching, modern technologies, lifelong learning and research, as well as strengthening their management and administration capacity. Grants size: Minimum - EUR 200,000, Maximum: EUR 500,000, Maximum EC Grant : 85%. Duration : 12 months – 42 months.
URL:
http://www.acp-edulink.eu/node/2137

ENLACE - Travel Grant Scheme: third call now open
Submission deadline: May 10, 2012
The aim of the ENLACE travel grant scheme is to promote exchange between Central American and European researchers as well as to encourage contacts between research institutions for joint participation in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The grant scheme works as a mechanism to facilitate networking or even joint proposal writing.
URL:
http://www.enlace-project.eu/grant_scheme.aspx

 

SigGlobDev Barcelona June 10th, 2012, submission deadline extended to May 4th

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 24th April 2012 @ 7:58pm

Call for Papers:
Association for Information Systems
Special Interest Group for ICT in Global Development (SIG GlobDev)

http://www.globdev.org

First Pre- ECIS Workshop : ICT IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
Barcelona, Spain, June 10th, 2012
Theme ICT and Sustainable Development

WORKSHOP GENERAL CHAIRS

Cathy Urquhart (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Alina Chircu (Bentley University, USA)

PROGRAM CHAIRS

Overall program co-chairs:

Neels (C.J) Kruger (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Marlei Pozzebon (HEC Montreal, Canada)

Research in progress and PhD research co-chairs:

Marlene Holmner (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Annika Andersson (Örebro University, Sweeden)
Roy Johnson (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

DESCRIPTION

Following in the footsteps of several successful pre-AMCIS and pre-ICIS workshops, the 1st SIG GlobDev ECIS Workshop will continue to provide a forum for discussion of scholarly work on the diffusion and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in and for development around the world.

We invite submission of papers and panel session proposals showcasing completed research, research-in-progress, and practice applications that contribute to the theory and practice of ICTs in and for development. The workshop is open to submissions employing a variety of research approaches and methodologies. Student papers will be given special consideration.

Submissions related to the workshop theme, “ICT and Sustainable Development,” are especially encouraged. Papers exploring the economic, social and environmental impacts of ICTs in developing regions and the design of sustainable ICTs and related programs are welcome. We are especially interested in ICT applications involving SMEs, government, healthcare, and education initiatives.

As in previous workshops, other areas of interest related to ICTs in and for development include, but are not limited to:

  • Social, political and legal frameworks for ICTs
  • Measuring costs and benefits of ICTs
  • The role of economic, human and social capital for ICT success
  • Digital divide and social inclusion
  • ICT innovation and entrepreneurship

WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS 

The proceedings will be published in the AIS eLibrary.

FAST-TRACKING TO JOURNAL

Authors of selected workshop papers will be invited to submit their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of Information Technology for Development (ITD)


IMPORTANT DATES

Notification of Intention to Submit (Optional): as soon as possible
Submission Deadline:  May 4, 2012 (extended)
Notification to Authors: May 15th, 2012
Deadline for Final Papers: May 30th, 2012
Workshop Date:  June 10th, 2012

AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS

Papers should clearly indicate the category of the paper on the title page:

  • Completed research Paper
  • Contribution to Practice
  • Research-in-progress
  • Student Paper
  • Panel proposal

Full papers should be limited to 7,000 words or approximately 25 pages in length. Research-in-progress papers should be limited to 3,000 words or approximately 10 pages in length. Panel proposals should be limited to approximately 4 pages in length.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions should be sent by email to:

Please include “SIG GlobDev ECIS 2012 Workshop Submission” in the subject header of the email.

OTHER

Website: http://www.globdev.org (http://www.globdev.org/files/CFP%20Barcelona%20GlobDev%20Workshop%20June%2010th%202012.pdf )

Registration: Processed by AIS (details to follow). Registration rates will be as follows:

Academic/ Corporate / Professional Member   : $150 ($200 on site)

Doctoral Student                                    : $30  ($50 on site)

Academic/ Corporate / Professional Member Sponsor : $500 ($600 on site)

Citizens of "non-rich" countries
employed in a "non-rich" country : $0 ($ 0 on site)

(AIS membership fees will be added for new or renewing members. Participants are also asked to add the SIG GlobDev membership in their AIS profile after registering with AIS. AIS and SIG GlobDev have reduced/$0 rates for PhD students and citizens of "non-rich" countries who are employed in a "non-rich" country.)


New call for research grants related to SPIDER supported projects

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Wednesday, 18th April 2012 @ 3:21pm

[Please note that this message is especially meant for the PhD students affiliated with any of SPIDER's partner universities in Sweden]

 
To whon it may concern:

The call for the research grants related to our projects has just been open on our web page, http://www.spidercenter.org/research-grants. For your convenience, I enclose the text for the call and the EoI form that needs to be filled in and sent to me. Not that the deadline for this is April 30th 2012.

Note that the proposal is to be submitted by researchers associated with our Swedish partner universities (PhD students or researchers holding PhD degree or equivalent) in collaboration with a colleague from the project partner country. The research topic should be related to one of Spider supported projects.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Iskra Popova, PhD
Senior project officer
Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER)
Email: iskra@spidercenter.org
URL: http://www.spidercenter.org/iskra-popova
 

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 07/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 17th April 2012 @ 11:44pm

[Apologies for potential cross postings. Archived news digests can be found at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/  and at http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/archived/]
 

IPID sponsored events  

Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel grants
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012 (However, those who need travel visa, please submit your paper as soon as possible) 
Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.

URL:
groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187

Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012 .


Call for registration: IPID  workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ & Travel Scholarship
3rd May, 2012, Thursday, 13:15 -16:00 
Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
Registration deadline: April 20, 2012
URL:
groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/221444

We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’. This workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research. To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> by the 20th April 2012.  There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER  affiliated Swedish Universities with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  Please note that all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’ at the end of the workshop.


Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation  

6th IDIA Conference on ICT4D / Development Informatics
6-8 September 2012 Istanbul, Turkey
Submission deadline: May 1, 2012 (extended)
URL
http://developmentinformatics.org/conferences/2012/6th.html

3rd International Conference on Research in ICT for Human Development
Themes: Sustainability, Maintenance and Operation models for Rural telemedicine networks
2 - 4 July 2012  Cuzco, Peru
Deadline for request for participation : April 30 2012.
URL:
http://www.tsc.urjc.es/jornadastic4dh/en

ICTM 2012 International Conference on ICT Management for Global Competitiveness and Economic Growth in Emerging Economies
Sponsored by: AIS Special Interest Group on ICT and Global Development (SIG GlobDev) & Emerging Markets Case Studies
September 17-18, 2012 Wroclaw, Poland
Submission Deadline: May 8, 2012 (Extended)
URL
http://www.ictm2012.edukacja.wroc.pl/

SIG GlobDev First Pre- ECIS Workshop
Theme: ICT and Sustainable Development
Barcelona, Spain, June 10th, 2012
Submission Deadline:  April 22nd, 2012
URL:
http://www.globdev.org

HCist 2012 (International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies)
3-5 October, 2012 Algarve, Portugal
Submission deadline: April 28, 2012 (extended)
URL: 
http://hcist.eiswatch.org

IADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2012
21 – 23 July 2012 Lisbon, Portugal
Submission deadline: 30 April 2012 (extended)
URL:
http://www.ict-conf.org

Issues and Challenges in Social Computing (WICSOC 2012)
August 10, 2012 Las Vegas, USA.
Submission deadline : April 30, 2012
URL:
http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~iri2012/workshops/WICSOC/cfp.html

HICSS-46th  e-Government Track 2013
7-10 January, 2013 The Grand Wailea Maui, Wailea, Hawaii, USA
Submission deadline: June 15, 2012
URL:
http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/hicss46/Welcome.html

Global INET 2012
22-24 April 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
URL:
http://www.internetsociety.org/events/inet-conferences/global-inet-2012

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar
26 April 2012 at 16:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter: Johan Hellström, PhD Student at DSV, Spider advisor
URL:
http://www.spidercenter.org/newsroom/event/ict4d-seminar-johan-hellstr%C3%B6m

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar
31 May 2012 at 16:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter: Dr. Paula Uimonen, Director of Spider
http://www.spidercenter.org/newsroom/event/ict4d-seminar-paula-uimonen

Role of Science Technology and Innovation in Emerging Economies
26 - 27 April 2012 , New Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria
URL: http://www.scidev.net/en/science-communication/events/the-role-of-science-technology-and-innovation-in-emerging-economies.html

Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference 2012
November 3, 2012, London
Abstract submission deadline : May 28, 2012
URL
http://www.devstud.org.uk/downloads/4f439d0d2966f_dsa2012callforpanelabstractsfeb2012.pdf


Studies/ICT4D cases/Resources / Mobile news  

Advice for students on ICT4D programmes… by Professor Tim Unwin
I’ve just had a great question posed to me by Brooke Kania: “I was just wondering, what are you looking for in students who are coming out of IDEV or ICT4D programs – what do you think the field needs from academic training? What advice would you give to aspiring ICT4D professionals?”.  The question is easy; the answer is not!  Fueled by a couple of very good glasses of Chianti, let me have a go at responding. Read more at
http://unwin.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/advice-for-students-on-ict4d-programmes/

UNDP ICT4D resources
Please visit at
https://www.undpegov.org/taxonomy/term/7  

The Swedish knack for technology
What do the names Celsius, Linnaeus, Pasche, Nobel, Ericsson, Zennström and Ek have in common? These famous innovators all hail from Sweden, a country of just 9 million people with a long history of inquiry and a proven ability to deliver significant scientific and technological breakthroughs. Read more at
http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?ACTION=D&SESSION=&RCN=8320&CALLER=OFFR_O_BUSI_EN

Measuring the Impacts of Information and Communication Technology for Development
Downloading link
http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/dtlstict2011d1_en.pdf

Reflecting on 15 years of ICT4D
Computer Aid’s Founder & ex-CEO Tony Roberts reflects on changes in the field of information and communication technologies for Development (ICT4D) over the last fifteen years. Read more at
http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/last-week-the-n-2/

Can technology rescue women farm workers from drudgery?
The seemingly simple act of removing the husks from maize cobs by hand is tougher than it sounds. A female worker uses her fingertips on average 522 times, her fingernails 144 times and her palms 55 times for every single kilogram of grain she produces, according to a survey carried out last year by India's Ministry of Agriculture. Read more at
http://www.scidev.net/en/science-and-innovation-policy/gender/features/can-technology-rescue-women-farm-workers-from-drudgery--1.html

4 Reasons Why Desktop Computers Are Better Than Mobile Devices in ICT4D
"Should we abandon desktop computers in ICT4D programs?" That is the question we asked ourselves at a recent Inveneo hardware strategy session. Should we move fully into mobile solutions - laptops, tablets, mobile phones - and stop testing, recommending, and installing our desktop computing solutions? Read more at
http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/04/16/4-reasons-why-desktop-computers-are-better-mobile-devices-ict4d

Grant Awarded to iCow
Of all our grantees, iCow is the one that people express most interest in. Not only does it have a cool name, but the idea underlying it – providing dairy farmers with an SMS support and advice service – is so simple that it’s hard to believe nobody else thought of setting up a similar organisation. In return for inputting a few pieces of data on their phone, Kenyan dairy farmers are given tailored, time-sensitive SMS updates on how to look after their cows during gestation, calving and throughout the rest of a cow’s life. According to some recent research conducted by the iCow team, farmers have witnessed significant increases in milk yields from their cows, simply as a result of adopting a few relatively straightforward processes. Read more at
http://indigotrust.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/grant-awarded-to-icow-2/

What Does OLPC Peru Teach Us About ICT in Education?
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has been a part of a larger ICT4E discussion, which has included ongoing debate over the effectiveness of the XO and its various deployments. Since its inception, OLPC has relied mainly on aspirations, visions, and projections to support investment from various partners across the globe. Pilots programs were conducted at various levels of deployment, programming, and stakeholder engagement. More recently, larger, more longer-standing deployments have reached a point where assessments are now coming to fruition. Read more at
http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/04/13/what-does-olpc-peru-teach-us-about-ict-education

Leveraging Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP)
These documents present the conclusions of the study “Leveraging ICT for the BoP” sponsored by AFD-Proparco, Ericsson, ICCO, France Telecom-Orange, and TNO and conducted by Hystra and Ashoka from October 2010 to June 2011. This study aimed to learn from “what works” in terms of full projects (as opposed to technologies) combining both an economically viable model and socio-economic impacts on their end-users, in the field of ICT for development (ICT4D). Read more at www.hystra.com/opensource/ICT_for_the_BoP.html

New Technologies in remittances sending: Opportunities for mobile remittances in Africa
Mobile remittances have a high development potential as they hold the promise of providing quick, easy and cheap money transfers. In Africa mobile phone usage has increased sharply and mobile banking providers are extending their services, enabling greater opportunities for mobile remittances. Read more at 
http://www.merit.unu.edu/publications/wppdf/2012/wp2012-018.pdf

ICT fostering inter-family relationships, naturally

From mobile phones to social networking, technology helps bring geographically dispersed people together. But most applications are designed for individuals, not groups or families. EU-funded research is addressing the issue with innovative tools designed to help families communicate and interact as naturally as possible even if they are hundreds or thousands of kilometres apart. The solution combines state-of-the-art artificial intelligence with ambient intelligence, multimedia tools and audio and video capturing, encoding, processing and transmission to enable near-natural interaction and communication between dispersed groups of people. Read more at
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/item-detail-dae.cfm?item_id=7997
 

Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and
innovation
Mobile technologies are opening new channels of communication between people and governments, potentially offering greater access to public information and basic services to all. No other technology has been in the hands of so many people in so many countries in such a short period of time (World Bank 2008). In fact, globally, more people now have access to a mobile device than to justice or legal services (UNDP 2008). Recent estimates indicate that ICTs could be accessible to everyone by 2015 and bring internationally agreed development targets ever closer to achievement (ITU 2010). Indeed, we are witnessing a new wave of democratization of access to innovative ICT channels, propelled by state-of-the-art technologies and diminishing barriers to entry. Read more at
http://www.undpegov.org/mgov-primer.html   

Free textbook on Social Science Research – Updated  version available
This book is designed to introduce doctoral and graduate students to the process of scientific research in the social sciences, business, education, public health, and related disciplines. It is a one-stop, comprehensive, and compact source for foundational concepts in behavioral research, and can serve as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to research readings in any course on research methods. Downloading link
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/31779972/Social_Science_Research.pdf


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:


Full-time PhD Studentship at the Open University, UK
Centre for Research in Computing
Based in Milton Keynes, UK
Three-year PhD studentship
Project title: Investigating the success factors in the creation and sustenance of online communities
Closing date: 1 May 2012
URL:
http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment/job-details.asp?id=6175

Internship opportunity at the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Media and Information Literacy initiative
Education Intern/ Volunteer
Post Title: Education Intern/Volunteer – unpaid
Post Level: Internship/Volunteer
Org Unit: UN Alliance of Civilizations
Duty Station: New York, NY
Duration: 3 – 4 months
Closing Date: 21 April 2012
For more information:
http://www.unaoc.org/2012/03/education-internvolunteer/

Grants / Competitions/Fellowships:

Exceptional Master’s level theses award on Development study  from UniPID universities
UniPID and the Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR) are jointly seeking to award an exceptional Master’s level theses from UniPID universities. The prize sum is 1,000 euros. There will also be two honorable mentions for exceptionally meriting works. The first Master’s Award in Development Studies will be presented at the UniPID 10-year seminar held this fall.
Submission deadline : July 31, 2012
URL
http://www.unipid.fi/en/page/57/development_studies_award/

EUDLINK II Projects in Higher Education - Energy Access/Agriculture & Food Security
Proposal submission deadline: 30 July 2012
Proposals will aim at supporting HEIs in ACP States to create new and upgrade existing curricula and teaching methods, reinforce links between teaching, modern technologies, lifelong learning and research, as well as strengthening their management and administration capacity. Grants size: Minimum - EUR 200,000, Maximum: EUR 500,000, Maximum EC Grant : 85%. Duration : 12 months – 42 months.
URL:
http://www.acp-edulink.eu/node/2137

ENLACE - Travel Grant Scheme
Submission deadline: May 10, 2012
The aim of the ENLACE travel grant scheme is to promote exchange between Central American and European researchers as well as to encourage contacts between research institutions for joint participation in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The grant scheme works as a mechanism to facilitate networking or even joint proposal writing.
URL:
http://www.enlace-project.eu/grant_scheme.aspx

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) invites submissions for the 2012 prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1 000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a programme at an institutional member of the Association. For more information :
http://www.eadi.org/training/eadi-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html

Swedish Research Links grants 2013-15
Submission deadline: May 7, 2012
The Swedish Research Links Programme offers international collaborative research grants, aiming to foster research ties between researchers in Sweden and selected countries, in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Please note that  China and India are no longer included in Swedish Research Links, whereas several other countries in Asia have been re-introduced in the programme.
URL:
sida.orbelon.com/swedish-research-links.aspx

Gentle reminder: IPID workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ at Orebro Uni. and travel grants (May 3, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Thursday, 12th April 2012 @ 11:46pm

IPID is happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ to be held at Örebro University, Sweden on the 3rd May, 2012 at 13:15 – 16:00.

There are a significant number of research papers on ICT4D, but not all of them are rich in scientific rigor and relevance. Many of us spend significant portion of our efforts on finding right publication venues and struggling with getting our scholarly work published in due process and time. Therefore, this workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research.

The workshop speakers will be:

Dr. Åke Grönlund, Professor in Informatics at Örebro University, Chair of AIS Special Interest Group on Electronic Government (SIGeGov) and Chair of Swedish Academy of Information Systems

Dr. Annika Andersson, Assistant Professor and Program Manager, Informatics master program at Örebro University and   Member of Editorial board, Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD)  

To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> on or before the 20th April 2012.

There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish University. We will sponsor each participant with up to 700 SEK for travel related expenses on the basis of first come, first served.  

Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.

Looking forward to your registration and to welcome you at Örebro University !

- Siraj
  IPID Coordinator

Please send us information about completed ICT4D dissertations in Sweden

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Thursday, 12th April 2012 @ 11:07am

To whom it may concern:

SPIDER would like to highlight dissertations in ICT4D in Sweden. Please send title, name of the author, a brief abstract and a link to the dissertation to info@spidercenter.org (subject : ICT4D dissertation).

For upcoming dissertations, please send information on the defense as well (place and date). SPIDER will publish the information on their website at http://www.spidercenter.org.

Kind regards,

Marihan Ameen

The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER)
Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV)
Stockholm University
Forum 100
SE-164 40 Kista, Sweden

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 06/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 @ 1:02pm

[Apologies for potential cross postings. Archived news digests can be found at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/  and at http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/archived/]
 

IPID sponsored events  


Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel grants
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012 (However, those who need travel visa, please submit your paper as soon as possible) 
Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.

URL:groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187
Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012 .

Call for registration: IPID  workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ & Travel Scholarship
3rd May, 2012, Thursday, 13:15 -16:00 
Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
Registration deadline: April 20, 2012
URL:
groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/221444
We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’. This workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research. To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> by the 20th April 2012.  There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER  affiliated Swedish Universities with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.


Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation  

3rd International Conference on Research in ICT for Human Development
Themes: Sustainability, Maintenance and Operation models for Rural telemedicine networks
2 - 4 July 2012  Cuzco, Peru
Deadline for request for participation : April 30 2012.
URL:
http://www.tsc.urjc.es/jornadastic4dh/en

SIG GlobDev First Pre- ECIS Workshop
Theme: ICT and Sustainable Development
Barcelona, Spain, June 10th, 2012
Submission Deadline:  April 22nd, 2012
URL: http://www.globdev.org

6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012)
22 - 25 October 2012, Albany, New York, USA
Submission Deadline: April 16, 2012 (extended)
URL: www.icegov.org

mLearn 2012
17-18 October 2012, Helsinki,Finland
Submission deadline : 30 April 2012
URL: http://portal.ou.nl/en/web/mlearn-2012/call-for-workshops-and-tutorials

11th  European Conference one-Learning (ECEL 2012)
26-27 October 2012 University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Submission deadline :7th April 2012
URL: http://academic-conferences.org/ecel/ecel2012/ecel12-call-papers.htm

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012
14 May 2012 - 18 May 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
URL: http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2012/Home.aspx

2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice 
3-5 December, Auckland, New Zealand
Proposal submission deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://www.idc2012.org.nz

MoKCCA'2012  (International Workshop on Mobile Knowledge Centric Computing and Applications)
3-5 October, 2012 Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal,
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
URL:  http://mokcca.eiswatch.org

HCist 2012 (International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies)
3-5 October, 2012 Algarve, Portugal
Submission deadline: April 14, 2012
URL:  http://hcist.eiswatch.org

HICSS-46th  e-Government Track 2013
7-10 January, 2013 The Grand Wailea Maui, Wailea, Hawaii, USA
Submission deadline: June 15, 2012
URL: http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/hicss46/Welcome.html

International Conference on Internet Studies
17-19 August 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
URL: http://www.internet-studies.org/

ICST Transactions on e-Education and e-Learning
Article (for Journal) submission deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://icst.org/e-education-and-e-learning-cfp/

Special Issue on Sustainable Reporting ? International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
Submission guidelines : http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf
Tim A. Majchrzak and Imke Wasner
Guest editors’ emails: tima[at]ercis.de, imke.wasner[at]uni-muenster.de

Issues and Challenges in Social Computing (WICSOC 2012)
Submission deadline : April 30, 2012 Las Vegas, USA
URL: http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~iri2012/workshops/WICSOC/cfp.html

9th  edition of Fill the Gap! Moving Beyond the Mobile Hype
20 April 2012 Nemo, Amsterdam
URL: http://fill-the-gap.nl/programme/

7th International Conference on e-Learning (ICEL-2012)
21-22 June 2012 Hong Kong, China 
URL: http://academic-conferences.org/icel/icel2012/icel12-timetable.htm

12th European Conference on eGovernment (ECEG)
14-15 June 2012 Institute of Public Governance and Management ESADE, Barcelona, Spain
URL: http://academic-conferences.org/eceg/eceg2012/eceg12-timetable.htm

International conference on Smart Energy and Sustainable ICT
3-4 May 2012 Brussels, Belgium
URL: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/events/smartenergy/index_en.htm

Green ICT for Growth and Sustainability? Linking Science and Policy
30 May - 1 June 2012 Vienna, Austria
URL: http://www.scp-responder.eu/events/kb_ict

Stockholm Internet forum on Internet freedom for Global Development
18 -19 April 2012 at 9:30 Stockholm Sweden\
URL: http://www.stockholminternetforum.se/

Global INET 2012
22-24 April 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
URL: http://www.internetsociety.org/events/inet-conferences/global-inet-2012

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar
26 April 2012 at 16:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter: Johan Hellström, PhD Student at DSV, Spider advisor
URL: http://www.spidercenter.org/newsroom/event/ict4d-seminar-johan-hellstr%C3%B6m 

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar
31 May 2012 at 16:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter: Dr. Paula Uimonen, Director of Spider
http://www.spidercenter.org/newsroom/event/ict4d-seminar-paula-uimonen

Studies/ICT4D cases/Resources / Mobile news

Applications Now Open: 2012 eLearning: Shaping the Internet – History and Futures
Application deadline : 10 April
URL: http://www.internetsociety.org/elearning

MSc in Sustainability, Development, and Peace
United Nations University 9UNU), Institute of Sustainability and Peace
Application Deadline: 30 April 2012
Annual Tuition fees: US$ 10000
URL: http://isp.unu.edu/grad/degrees/masters/index.html

Some ICT4D/Informatics research publications from Orebro University
Please visit at www.electronicgovernment.se/research/publications_ict4d.html

Technology Transfer and Innovation: Key Country Priorities for Rio+20
Download it from http://ictsd.org/downloads/2012/04/technology-transfer-and-innovation-key-country-priorities-for-rio-20.pdf

Request a free copy of the new Eldis OnDisc Governance Assessment CDROM
Eldis has collated a selection of documents from the library on to a CDROM. The disc contains over 200 resources from a range of different experts, institutions and organisations that work in the field of governance assessments. It is designed to provide detailed, practical information drawing upon evidence about what works, and identifying innovations in approaches, policy and practice. To help Eldis get CDROMs to those who are most able to use them,  Please email to  j.collodi[at]ids.ac.uk For more information http://www.eldis.org/go/topics/dossiers/governance-assessments

Advanced Summer School on Frontier of Technology Enhanced Learning
7-10 July, 2012 ICALT School, Rome, Italy
Preliminary application : April 11, 2012
URL: http://www.scuolaiad.it/FrontTEL/

SPIDER ICT4D publication : Empowering Women through ICT4D
Author and Coordnator : Caroline Wamala, SPIDER/SIDA
Spider has supported several initiatives that focused on increasing ICT access and use among women. This publication offers a review of these initiatives. The uses of ICT were related to women’s everyday activities to demystify the technology. The success of the projects hinged on the extent to which technology was adapted to suit women’s reality and not vice versa. Download link: spidercenter.org/files/Empowering%20women%20through%20ict.pdf

ICT for rural economic development: five years of learning
Please download it from http://www.iicd.org/about/publications/ict-for-rural-economic-development-five-years-of-learning/5%20years%20learning%20report%20rural%20economic%20development.pdf

The New Map of Mobile Innovation: Some Surprising First Lessons
Almost two months ago, infoDev launched an online challenge to aid digital job creation in developing countries. The challenge, called m2Work (after mobile microwork), asks participants to identify real-world problems that could be addressed by millions of underprivileged people equipped with Internet-connected mobile phones. The challenge is still ongoing: most of the $40,000 prize money remains on the table, and anyone can submit ideas until April 2. Even so, a lot has already happened. Over 600 ideas have been submitted, and the jury has awarded four initial spot prizes. Read more at  http://www.idisc.net/en/Article.39264.html

Food Security and ICT for Development
Please download it from http://www.scribd.com/document_downloads/direct/82937302?extension=pdf&ft=1333393706&lt=1333397316&uahk=5IYDJVYwHR5ZJKbWPiWgE6pWhSM

Reflecting on 15 years of ICT4D
Computer Aid’s Founder & ex-CEO Tony Roberts reflects on changes in the field of information and communication technologies for Development (ICT4D) over the last fifteen years. Read more at http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/last-week-the-n-2/

SiRC’s first Newsletter
Please get the copy from http://www.sirc.ntu.edu.sg/Documents/SiRC@WORK_Issue1.pdf
About SiRCA http://www.sirca.org.sg/

Mobile phones help Bangladesh raise neonatal immunization
When immunisation of newborns jumped dramatically to 85 per cent in Bangladesh’s Habibganj town in 2010, authorities began to take notice of a new mobile phone-based strategy devised by health officer Amjad Hossain. Read more at http://www.scidev.net/en/south-asia/news/mobile-phones-help-bangladesh-raise-neonatal-immunisation.html

Introducing Inveneo BatNet: A Broadband WiFI Solution for Rural Areas
In an effort to extend WiFi signals into more rural regions, Inveneo has been secretly extending research into bat radar. A major breakthrough today allows WiFi signals to be bounced from and amplified by bats, turning them in flying WiFi repeaters and hotspots. Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/04/01/introducing-inveneo-batnet-broadband-wifi-solution-rural-areas

Bolivian Teachers Create Interactive Games for Their Pupils
Teachers from primary schools and secondary schools across Bolivia are creating interactive games to help their pupils learn better. These games and other information are now available online on an educational platform, supported by IICD and its Connect4Change consortium partner Edukans. Read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/bolivian-teachers-create-interactive-games-for-their-pupils

Ugandan Patients Understand Hospital Bills Better with Digital Patient System
Patients in Hospitals and health clinics in Uganda frequently asked questions about what they were charged for exactly. Implementing an Electronic Patient Record Management System (EPRMS), will target this problem, by breaking bills into small, easy to understand segments. Read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/201cugandan-patients-understand-hospital-bills-better-with-digital-patient-system201d

Farmers in Bolivia Use Internet, Radio and Mobile Phone to Sell their Produce for a Better Price
Farmers in the department of Santa Cruz in Bolivia are now able to increase the income they earn for their produce via the internet, radio and mobile phone. By going to a website, listening to a daily radio show or subscribing to a daily text message service, they find out where and when their produce is sold at the highest price. Please read more at http://www.iicd.org/articles/farmers-in-bolivia-use-internet-and-radio-to-sell-their-produce-for-a-better-price

On Financial and Other Types of Sustainability in ICT4D Initiatives
At the Cairo workshop a group of INGOs, ICT corporations and a representative from the Ministry of Education’s ICT section discussed replicability, scale and sustainability in ICT and Education programs at length. At yesterday’s panel, we tackled the more specific topic of financial sustainability with folks from NGOs, contractors, corporations, ICT associations and researchers. Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/30/financial-and-other-types-sustainability-ict4d-initiatives

Start mLearning initiatives outside the classroom
Mobile phones may be amazing, ubiquitous, and a real platform to learn with. Yet, the mobile phone (like many ICTs) comes with associations that prevent it from widespread usage and adoption in formal educational systems. In fact, mobile phones are often banned from schools outright - schools in 52 countries and counting. Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/19/start-mlearning-initiatives-outside-classroom

The Top 5 Countries for ICT4D in Africa are Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and...?
Where else? Let us not stop there. If you were to make a list of the top 5 countries for ICT4D in Africa, which would be on your list? Which would not? And why? Read more at http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/26/top-5-countries-ict4d-africa-are-kenya-ghana-nigeria-tanzania-and


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:

Get an ICT4D Job! From Haiti to Congo, Turkmenistan to Niger

Know more at : http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/20/get-ict4d-job-haiti-congo-turkmenistan-niger-your-skills-are-needed-now 

Grants / Competitions/Fellowships:

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are jointly launching the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development" (r4d.ch programme)
A total budget of 97.6 million Swiss francs is available for the whole duration of the programme from 2012 to 2022. Read more at http://www.r4d.ch/E/Pages/home.aspx

UniPID Virtual Studies Funding for UN Themed Courses
Proposal submission deadline: May 1, 2012 at 18:00
A sum of €10000 per course is available for the creation and provision of a new UN themed virtual course; provided that the coordinating university will arrange the course (open to all UniPID university students) at least 3 times without further funding. All UniPID virtual courses are worth 5 ECTS credits, please plan your course accordingly
Link for course proposal : http://form.jotformeu.com/form/20812728213346
Further information, email to ea.blomqvist[at]abo.fi
URL: www.unipidvirtualstudies.fi

EUDLINK II Projects in Higher Education - Energy Access/Agriculture & Food Security
Proposal submission deadline: 30 July 2012
Proposals will aim at supporting HEIs in ACP States to create new and upgrade existing curricula and teaching methods, reinforce links between teaching, modern technologies, lifelong learning and research, as well as strengthening their management and administration capacity. Grants size: Minimum - EUR 200,000, Maximum: EUR 500,000, Maximum EC Grant : 85%. Duration : 12 months – 42 months.
URL: http://www.acp-edulink.eu/node/2137

ENLACE - Travel Grant Scheme: third call now open
Submission deadline: May 10, 2012
The aim of the ENLACE travel grant scheme is to promote exchange between Central American and European researchers as well as to encourage contacts between research institutions for joint participation in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The grant scheme works as a mechanism to facilitate networking or even joint proposal writing.
URL: http://www.enlace-project.eu/grant_scheme.aspx

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) invites submissions for the 2012 prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1 000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a programme at an institutional member of the Association. For more information :
http://www.eadi.org/training/eadi-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html 

Swedish Research Links grants 2013-15
Submission deadline: May 7, 2012
The Swedish Research Links Programme offers international collaborative research grants, aiming to foster research ties between researchers in Sweden and selected countries, in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Please note that  China and India are no longer included in Swedish Research Links, whereas several other countries in Asia have been re-introduced in the programme.
URL: sida.orbelon.com/swedish-research-links.aspx 

The Academy of Finland has posted its bi-annual Funding
Submission deadline : April 25, 2012
The Academy finances high-quality and innovative research aiming at scientific breakthroughs, act as a science policy expert and strengthen the position of science and research.
URL: www.aka.fi/Tiedostot/Hakuilmoitukset/Huhtikuun_2012_hakuilmoitus_070312_en.pdf  

Research Grant Competition - Spring 2012 Round  
Submission deadline: 12 April 2012
The goal of the competition is to support policy-relevant research projects under five priority research areas. Grants in the amount of up to $12,000 are typically provided for up to 18 months of work. Research proposals can be submitted by individuals or small teams of CIS researchers. Young researchers and researchers based in the periphery may be offered smaller-scale development grants (up to $2,000) and training opportunities.
URL: http://www.eerc.ru/shownews/research-grant-competition-spring-2012-round

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 05/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Saturday, 17th March 2012 @ 11:31am

[Apologies for potential cross postings. Archived digests can be found at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/  and at http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/archived/ ]
 

IPID sponsored events  


Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel Scholarship
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012
URL:groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187     

Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012
Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.

Call for registration: IPID  workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ & Travel Scholarship
3rd May, 2012, Thursday, 13:15 -16:00 
Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
Registration deadline: April 20, 2012
URL: groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/221444

We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’. This workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research. To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam[at]oru.se> by the 20th April 2012.  There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish Universities with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.


Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation  


Using Grounded Theory in ICT4D Research: A Missed Opportunity?
Tuesday 20th March 2012, 1pm-2pm, Arthur Lewis building room G35/36
Speaker: Prof. Cathy Urquhart – Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
The seminar is free and open to all; no booking is required
URL: http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk/newsandevents/

SPIDER ICT4D Seminar: Global Development and ICT for Building Civil Societies in Developing Countries
29 March 2012, 16:00, Spider, DSV, Stockholm University, Forum 100, Kista, Sweden
Speaker: Professor Anders G. Nilsson , UNESCO Chair
Discussant: Professor Olov Forsgren, DSV

URL: http://www.spidercentre.org/

Workshop on Issues and Challenges in Social Computing (WICSOC 2012)
August 10, 2012 Las Vegas, USA
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012

URL: http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~iri2012/workshops/WICSOC/index.html

SIG GlobDev First Pre- ECIS Workshop
Theme: ICT and Sustainable Development
Barcelona, Spain, June 10th, 2012
Submission Deadline:  April 22nd, 2012
URL: http://www.globdev.org

6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2012)
22 - 25 October 2012, Albany, New York, USA
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2012
URL: www.icegov.org

International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective and International Conference on Electronic Democracy (EGOVIS and EDEM 2012)
Advancing Democracy, Government and Governance
September 3 - 7, 2012. Vienna, Austria
Submission deadline : March 23, 2012 (extended)
URL: http://www.dexa.org/egovisedem2012

11th IFIP Electronic Government Conference (IFIP EGOV 2012)
September 3 to 6, 2012; University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
(Co-located with the 4th IFIP ePart conference)
Submission deadline : March 19, 2012 (extended)
URL: http://www.egov-conference.org

mLearn 2012
17-18 October 2012, Helsinki,Finland
Submission deadline : 30 April 2012
URL: http://portal.ou.nl/en/web/mlearn-2012/call-for-workshops-and-tutorials

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012
14 May 2012 - 18 May 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
URL: http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2012/Home.aspx

7th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (AReS 2012)
University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic
August 20th – 24th, 2012
Submission deadline: March 28, 2012 (extended)
URL: http://www.ares-conference.eu

7th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (MCIS) 2012
Adopting Emergent Knowledge & Technologies to Develop Innovative
Information Systems (CloudWisdom)
September 8-10, 2012 Guimares, Portugal
Track Title: Crowdsourcing for Innovation, Productivity, and Creativity

Submission deadline : March 25, 2012
URL: http://eventseer.net/e/17069/126954/

SPDECE-2012. IX Multidisciplinary symposium on the design and evaluation of digital content for education
13th-15th June, 2012 Alicante, Spain
Submission deadline: April 2, 2012
URL: http://transducens.dlsi.ua.es/congress/spdece2012/doku.php/start

Innovate Rwanda- Open Summit on 21st Century Learning for Developing Countries  
24-26 May 2012, Musanze, Rwanda
URL: http://scil.com.au/rwanda

2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice 
3-5 December, Auckland, New Zealand
Proposal submission deadline: June 30, 2012
URL: http://www.idc2012.org.nz


ICT4D cases/Resources / Mobile news/Studies

New materials on climate change, ICTs and developing countries
The NICCD website (http://www.niccd.org/) provides a repository of new materials on climate change, ICTs and developing countries including:  Two background papers that review the literature in this field, and propose a new framework for understanding ICTs, adaptation and "e-resilience".  Seven thematic papers that summarise current evidence on ICTs, climate change and the topics of mitigation, adaptation, disaster management, strategy, governance, gender, and emergent technologies.  Nineteen project case studies that have been professionally edited for use in practitioner/strategy guidance, training materials, or research.  Four strategy briefs written for policy makers, strategic planners and senior researchers, that summarise conceptual and action-based priorities for use of ICTs in relation to climate change in developing countries.  A training guide for those who wish to run their own training workshop on ICTs, climate change and development.

These materials are the product of the University of Manchester's "Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs" research project, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (http://www.idrc.ca) and managed by the University's Centre for Development Informatics (http://www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk).


PhD summer school
Political Economy of Information and Communication Technologies
21 – 26 August 2012 Skagen, Denmark
URL: http://phdsummerschool.nordict.aau.dk 

GSMA mAgri
Tuesday 20th March (14.00- 15.00 UK time) Webinar
Agenda include : Mobile Agriculture: The Market Opportunity- panel event highlights,  mAgri Working Group highlights, and upcoming resources and events from the GSMA mAgri Programme
For registration : https://communique.webex.com/communique/j.php?ED=184561522&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MTgjMjE%3D

Celebrating Failure with a FailFaire at ICTD2012
For details: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/14/celebrating-failure-failfaire-ictd2012

The Social Side of ICT4D
For details:http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/16/social-side-ict4d

A Simple Email Address Can Be a Major ICT4D Barrier
For details: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/09/simple-email-address-can-be-major-ict4d-barrier

What do Randomized Control Trial results from OLPC Peru mean for ICT4E?
For details:http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/07/what-do-randomized-control-trial-results-olpc-peru-mean-ict4e  

4 Reasons Why Short-Term Volunteers Are Bad for ICT4D Projects
For details: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/12/4-reasons-why-short-term-volunteers-are-bad-ict4d-projects

Open-Source technology in ICT4D
Authored by: Tony Roberts

For details: http://laptopburns.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/open-source-technology-in-ict4d/ 

New Special Issue on "Poverty & Profits in the Information Age"
Information Technologies & International Development (ITID)
Please access the articles at http://itidjournal.org

SPIDER ICT4D publication : Empowering Women through ICT4D
Author and Coordnator : Caroline Wamala, SPIDER/SIDA
Spider has supported several initiatives that focused on increasing ICT access and use among women. This publication offers a review of these initiatives. The uses of ICT were related to women’s everyday activities to demystify the technology. The success of the projects hinged on the extent to which technology was adapted to suit women’s reality and not vice versa. Download link: spidercenter.org/files/Empowering%20women%20through%20ict.pdf


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:

Two ICT4D jobs at the Carter Center

1. A shorter-term position consisting of a series of trips to the DRC, mostly involving training and building technical capacity with partner CSOs for Carter Center programs. Functional French skills are a requirement for this one.
2. A longer-term position based in Atlanta, basically a tech guru for the Democracy program, advising program staff on how to best use technology, as well as training and implementing. A fair amount of
international travel included.
To apply for the DRC job, email your CV and cover letter to
thomas.smyth[at]gatech.edu

Get an ICT4D Job! Africa, Europe, Central Asia, United States
For details: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2012/03/06/get-ict4d-job-africa-europe-central-asia-united-states

The 12 Best ICT4D Job Ads Websites
ICT4DJOBS.COM compiles a list of 12 best websites to find a great ICT job in Africa and other international development hotspots. For details, please click here.


Grants / Competitions/Fellowships:

SI grants for Expert exchanges with developing countries
Submission deadline: March 31, 2012
Experts Exchange program aims at promoting transparency and democracy, economic and social development of developing countries through exchange of experience and knowledge in the areas of democracy and human rights,  gender equality and women's roles in development.
Maximum amount for an application in expert exchange is 100 000 SEK
URL:http://www.si.se/Svenska/Innehall/Stipendier-och-utbyte/Expertutbyte-och-kultursamarbete/Expertutbyte/

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) invites submissions for the 2012 prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1 000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a programme at an institutional member of the Association. For more information :
i-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html

Swedish Research Links grants 2013-15
Submission deadline: May 7, 2012
The Swedish Research Links Programme offers international collaborative research grants, aiming to foster research ties between researchers in Sweden and selected countries, in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Please note that  China and India are no longer included in Swedish Research Links, whereas several other countries in Asia have been re-introduced in the programme.
URL: http://sida.orbelon.com/swedish-research-links.aspx

Sida’s U-forsk grants
Submission deadline : April 3, 2012
Grants to support Swedish development research are provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, through its Developing Country Research Council (u-landsforskningsrådet). These so-called uforsk grants belong to the most important ways of financing Swedish research projects related to developing countries, including South Asia. The aim is to establish and maintain a knowledge base of relevance to aid and development issues, plus capacity for developing country research in Sweden.
URL: http://sida.orbelon.com/apply-and-report.aspx
 
KTH foundation offers scholarships to Indian students
The scholarships will be used to cover tuition fees, accommodation and living in Sweden for one academic year. The Foundation has just been formed and, hopefully, the first scholarships will be awarded for the fall semester.
URL: http://www.kth.se/en/alumni/2.37896/nyinrattade-stipendier-starker-kth-s-relation-med-indien-1.296081
 
Sida offers grants to assist practical use of research results in Indian and Indonesian collaboration projects
Submission deadline : April 4, 2012
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, through its Selective Cooperation Unit  (Partner Driven Cooperation) now announces a call for a programme entitled ”Collaboration Grants – Use of Research Results”. This initiative is open only for co-operations in India and Indonesia. Sida is reserving 20 million Swedish crowns (SEK) per year 2012-2013 for this call.
URL: http://www.sidaresearch.se/apply-and-report/collaboration-grants---use-of-research-results.aspx
 
Fellowship- Urban Studies Foundation, UK  
Submission deadline: 25 May 2012
URL: http://www.urbanstudiesfoundation.org/funding-opportunities/

The Academy of Finland has posted its bi-annual Funding
Submission deadline : April 25, 2012
The Academy finances high-quality and innovative research aiming at scientific breakthroughs, act as a science policy expert and strengthen the position of science and research.
URL: http://www.aka.fi/Tiedostot/Hakuilmoitukset/Huhtikuun_2012_hakuilmoitus_070312_en.pdf
 
Delta Alliance Young Professionals Award  
Submission deadline: 31 March 2012
URL: http://www.itc.nl/Pub/News/in2012/January/Delta-Alliance-Young-Professionals-Award.html

Research Grant Competition - Spring 2012 Round  
Submission deadline: 12 April 2012
The goal of the competition is to support policy-relevant research projects under five priority research areas. Grants in the amount of up to $12,000 are typically provided for up to 18 months of work. Research proposals can be submitted by individuals or small teams of CIS researchers. Young researchers and researchers based in the periphery may be offered smaller-scale development grants (up to $2,000) and training opportunities.
URL: http://www.eerc.ru/shownews/research-grant-competition-spring-2012-round

Cfp : First Pre- ECIS Workshop - ICT and Sustainable Development (Barcelona, Spain, June 10th, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Wednesday, 7th March 2012 @ 9:09am

Call for Papers:
Association for Information Systems
Special Interest Group for ICT in Global Development (SIG GlobDev)

http://www.globdev.org

First Pre- ECIS Workshop : ICT IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT

Barcelona, Spain,
June 10th, 2012

Theme ICT and Sustainable Development

 

WORKSHOP GENERAL CHAIRS

Cathy Urquhart (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Alina Chircu (Bentley University, USA)

PROGRAM CHAIRS

Overall program co-chairs:

Neels (C.J) Kruger (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Marlei Pozzebon (HEC Montreal, Canada)


Research in progress and PhD research co-chairs:

Marlene Holmner (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Annika Andersson (Örebro University, Sweeden)
Roy Johnson (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

DESCRIPTION

Following in the footsteps of several successful pre-AMCIS and pre-ICIS workshops, the 1st SIG GlobDev ECIS Workshop will continue to provide a forum for discussion of scholarly work on the diffusion and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in and for development around the world.

We invite submission of papers and panel session proposals showcasing completed research, research-in-progress, and practice applications that contribute to the theory and practice of ICTs in and for development. The workshop is open to submissions employing a variety of research approaches and methodologies. Student papers will be given special consideration.

Submissions related to the workshop theme, “ICT and Sustainable Development,” are especially encouraged. Papers exploring the economic, social and environmental impacts of ICTs in developing regions and the design of sustainable ICTs and related programs are welcome. We are especially interested in ICT applications involving SMEs, government, healthcare, and education initiatives.

As in previous workshops, other areas of interest related to ICTs in and for development include, but are not limited to:

  • Social, political and legal frameworks for ICTs
  • Measuring costs and benefits of ICTs
  • The role of economic, human and social capital for ICT success
  • Digital divide and social inclusion
  • ICT innovation and entrepreneurship


WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS 

The proceedings will be published in the AIS eLibrary.

FAST-TRACKING TO JOURNAL

Authors of selected workshop papers will be invited to submit their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of Information Technology for Development (ITD)


IMPORTANT DATES

Notification of Intention to Submit (Optional): as soon as possible
Submission Deadline:  April 22nd, 2012
Notification to Authors: May 15th, 2012
Deadline for Final Papers: May 30th, 2012
Workshop Date:  June 10th, 2012

AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS

Papers should clearly indicate the category of the paper on the title page:

  • Completed research Paper
  • Contribution to Practice
  • Research-in-progress
  • Student Paper
  • Panel proposal

Full papers should be limited to 7,000 words or approximately 25 pages in length. Research-in-progress papers should be limited to 3,000 words or approximately 10 pages in length. Panel proposals should be limited to approximately 4 pages in length.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions should be sent by email to:

Please include “SIG GlobDev ECIS 2012 Workshop Submission” in the subject header of the email.

IPID workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ at Orebro, Sweden and travel grants (May 3, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 6th March 2012 @ 4:01pm

IPID is happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ to be held at Örebro University, Sweden on the 3rd May, 2012 at 13:15 – 16:00.

There are a significant number of research papers on ICT4D, but not all of them are rich in scientific rigor and relevance. Many of us spend significant portion of our efforts on finding right publication venues and struggling with getting our scholarly work published in due process and time. Therefore, this workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research.

The workshop speakers will be:

Dr. Åke Grönlund, Professor in Informatics at Örebro University, Chair of AIS Special Interest Group on Electronic Government (SIGeGov) and Chair of Swedish Academy of Information Systems

Dr. Annika Andersson, Assistant Professor and Program Manager, Informatics master program at Örebro University and   Member of Editorial board, Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD)  

To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> on or before the 20th April 2012.

There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish University. We will sponsor each participant with up to 700 SEK for travel related expenses on the basis of first come, first served.  

Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.

Looking forward to your registration and to welcome you at Örebro University !

- Siraj
  IPID Coordinator

IPID ICT4D News Digest Nr. 04/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Saturday, 3rd March 2012 @ 11:16am

[Apologies for potential cross postings. Archived news digests can be found at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/  and at http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/archived/ ]
 

IPID sponsored events  

Call for paper : IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 & Travel Scholarship
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway

Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012

URL:groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187
    

CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 has been announced. Postgraduate (PhD and masters) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012.  Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.


Call for registration: IPID  workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ & Travel Scholarship
3rd May, 2012, Thursday, 13:15 -16:00 
Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
Registration deadline: April 20, 2012
URL: groupspaces.com/ipid/emails/221444

We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’. This workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research. To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> by the 20th April 2012.  There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish Universities with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.

Call for papers/Chapters/ Conferences/workshops/Symposiums/Participation  

16th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
Track: Electronic Government
July 11-15, 2012, Hochiminh City, Vietnam
Submission deadline : March 7,  2012
URL: www.pacis2012.org

3rd European Security Conference  - Exploring emergent frontiers in identity and privacy management
September 12-13, 2012 Orebro, Sweden
Submission: May 15, 2012
URL: www.oru.se/hh/esc

11th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL 2012)
2-4 September 2012, Sinaia, Romania
Paper submission deadline (recommended): June 10, 2012
URL: http://www.hkws.org/conference/icwl2012/

1st Asian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2012)
6-8 December 2012, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ ) and Osaka Prefecture University, Japan and Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Paper submission deadline : June 15th, 2012  
URL: http://www.rupp.edu.kh/ acis2012/

2nd Intl. Conference on Digital ICTs and its Applications (DICTAP2012),
May 16-18, 2012, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce(UTCC), Bangkok, Thailand
Submission deadline : march 15, 2012
URL: http://www.sdiwc.net/thi/

Future Learning Conference
14-16 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
Abstract submission deadline : April 2, 2012
URL: http://futurelearning.istanbul.edu.tr/

CFP: International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)
Special issue : Sustainability reporting
Submission deadline : April 30, 2012
Contact: tima[at]ercis.de, imke.wasner[at]uni-muenster.de

11th Annual Symposium on Research in Systems Analysis and Design
June 1st-2nd, 2012. Vancouver, BC, Canada
Submission deadline : April 1, 2012
URL: http://sigsand2012.sauder.ubc.ca

7th  Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology Conference (DESRIST 2012)
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Doctoral Consortium: May 13th, 9 AM - 5 PM
Conference dates:May 14th and 15th
Contacts : profsamir1[at]gmail.com , h.g.sol[at]rug.nl

Global INET 2012 : Meeting at the Crossroads: Imagining the Future Internet
April 22-24, 2012 Geneva, Switzerland
Centre International de Conférences Genève
URL: http://www.internetsociety.org/events/inet-conferences/global-inet-2012

Innovation for Sustainability: Telecentres and Mobile Phones for Development
6th March 2012, 1pm-2pm, Harold Hankins Building, Room 10.05
The University of Manchester, Centre for Development Informatics
Seminar speaker:  Dr Harsha Liyanage – Founder/MD, Sarvodaya-Fusion
URL: www.cdi.manchester.ac.uk/newsandevents

Gender and ICTs: Histories of inclusion and exclusion
Speakers : Ulf Mellström and Caroline Wamala
13th March 2012, 15.15-17 in room 21d402, HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden
Contact : Dr. Jakob Svensson (jakob.svensson[at]kau.se)


ICT4D cases/Mobile news/Studies


SPIDER ICT4D publication : Empowering Women through ICT4D

Author and Coordnator : Caroline Wamala, SPIDER/SIDA
Spider has supported several initiatives that focused on increasing ICT access and use among women. This publication offers a review of these initiatives. The uses of ICT were related to women’s everyday activities to demystify the technology. The success of the projects hinged on the extent to which technology was adapted to suit women’s reality and not vice versa. Download link: spidercenter.org/files/Empowering%20women%20through%20ict.pdf

A case study on e-Agriculture Initiative (e-Arik project in North-East India) and
eArik: Using ICTs to Facilitate "ClimateSmartAgriculture" among Tribal Farmers of NorthEast India
Author:  Dr. R. Saravanan, Central Agricultural University, India
Sponsored: Centre for Development Informatics (CDI), University of Manchester, UK
With the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 
URLs: NICCD_AgricAdapt_Case_Study_ eArik.pdf and
www.saravananraj.net/images/stories/pdf/16_ICT_Case_Study_Climate_Change_eArik.pdf

Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality
Authors: Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Momin Malik, & Ashley Lee
Berkman Center for Internet & Society , Harvard University "
To access the full report and additional material, please visit: http://youthandmedia.org/infoquality

Recommendations for ICT4E Intervention Success in African Schools
A new report by Aptivate and the Centre for Commonwealth Education (University of Cambridge) suggests that there are practices that can be utilized to make ICT use in classrooms more effective. The study, conducted in part by iSchool.zm, an online multi-media eLearning package designed to cover the whole of the Zambian school curriculum, examined underprivileged school communities in Zambia. Please click here for more information.

The Reality of Electrical Power Variability in African ICT4D Projects
To read the details, please click here.

Are School Computer Labs a Bad Idea?
To read the details, please click here

An ICT4E Lesson Learned: Offline Content is Key
To read the details, please click here

A Ugandan mHealth Moratorium Is a Good Thing
To read the details, please click here

An analysis of mobile Internet access in Thailand: Implications for bridging the digital divide
To read the details, please click here

Digital inequalities and implications for social inequalities: A study of Internet penetration amongst university students in South Africa
To read the details, please click here

APCICT Publishes Version 2.0 of Flagship ICTD Capacity Development Programme
Please visit at http://www.unapcict.org/news/apcict-publishes-version-2.0-of-flagship-ictd-capacity-development-programme-launches-module-9-on-the-apcict-virtual-academy-and-publishes-cis-case-studies/

ICTD Case Studies from the CIS
Working to enhance knowledge sharing within Central-Asia, APCICT today published a volume of ICTD case studies from the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian Speaking Countries. The case studies, available in both English and Russian, explore a variety of issues such as e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Governance and e-Learning.  The case studies share the experiences and lessons learned of ICTD practitioners from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

UniPID Virtual Studies courses opened for registration
Finnish University Partnership for International Development, University of Jyväskylä, Finaland
Courses : International Development Cooperation (Registration closes 15.3.2012)
Project Cycle Management (Registration closes 23.3.2012)
URL: http://www.unipidvirtualstudies.fi/

International Master Program in Cooperation and Development (Master CD)
Instituto Universitario di Studi Superiori Pavia (IUSS), October 2012 – January 2014, 1st deadline for applications (recommended to foreign candidates) 30 April 2012, Final deadline 31st May 2012
URL: http://www.iusspavia.it/eng/master.php?id=27

The European Journal of Development Research, Vol 24 Issue 1
with a special debate section on "Why is the empirical evidence on the role of FDI in development so ambiguous?"
URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejdr/journal/v24/n1/index.html

Understanding the UK Agricultural Research Contribution to International Development and Food Security
UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC); Authors: Andrée Carter and Jeff Waage
URL: http://bit.ly/w1rBnE

CSST2012:  Summer Research Institute for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems 
The Bishop’s Lodge Resort, Santa Fe, NM, USA
July 29 – August 2, 2012 
Application Date:  March 15th, 2012
Eligibility: Advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and pre-tenure faculty at US-based institutions.
For further information please visit www.sociotech.net, bsbutler@umd.edu,


Vacancies/ PhD/Post-Doc positions:


PhD Scholarships -  Vienna University of Technology

Application deadline : April 1, 2012
Each year up to 15 students will be awarded a scholarship. Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified.
URL: www.informatik.tuwien.ac.at/phdschool

Junior IUCT experts
For more positions supported by SPIDER : http://www.spidercentre.org/network/junior-ict-expert  

The 12 Best ICT4D Job Ads Websites
ICT4DJOBS.COM compiles a list of 12 best websites to find a great ICT job in Africa and other international development hotspots. For details, please click here.

Grants / Ccompetitions/Fellowships :

Spider ICT4D Research Grants
Submission deadline : March 15, 2012
SPIDER offers grants for research related to ongoing Spider-supported ICT4D projects in democracy, education, and health in 2012. The research should be undertaken by researchers based in Sweden together with researchers in the project country. The aim of this research is to facilitate knowledge production in ICT4D, while strengthening ongoing and future ICT4D activities.
For more information : http://www.spidercentre.org/research

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline : April 30, 2012
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) invites submissions for the 2012 prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1 000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a programme at an institutional member of the Association. For more information :
http://www.eadi.org/training/eadi-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html

ISOC Fellowship to the IETF (IETF 84 and 85)
The Internet Society has announced that it is inviting applications for its latest Internet Society Fellowships to the IETF.  The Fellowship programme allows engineers from emerging and developing economies to attend an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting. For more information, please visit at http://www.internetsociety.org/what-we-do/education-and-leadership-programmes/next-generation-leaders/ietf-fellowships

Call for applications: Summer Institute on Global Poverty & Inclusive Development
Human Geography, Planning and International Development, University of Amsterdam (AISSR), 18 – 22 June 2012
URL:
http://www.fmg.uva.nl/gpid/news.cfm/25ACCD45-4790-4E48-A0BBC7000C97ADD5

Call for Proposal for Joint Scientific Thematic Research Programme (JSTP)
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Deadline for Submission:  April 10th, 2012
URL: http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_7Q3RJS_Eng

Call for Application: Economics Research Grant Competition
CIS Research Network, Global Development Network
Submission deadline: 12 April 2012
URL: http://www.eerc.ru/competition_menu 

New calls for proposals Nuffic and CAPES
Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)
Submission deadline: March 20, 2012
URL: http://www.nuffic.nl/home/news-events/news-archive/2012/january/new-calls-for-proposals-nuffic-and-capes

Call for Proposals: Marie Curie Actions — Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT); Marie Curie Actions / 7th Research Framework Programme
This is a Call for Proposals directed at individual researchers.
Submission deadline: August 16, 2012
URL: http://www.fct.pt/apoios/mariecurie/ief

IPID workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ at Orebro, Sweden and travel grants (May 3, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Wednesday, 29th February 2012 @ 12:33pm

Dear IPID members,

We are happy to invite you to attend an interactive half-day workshop on ’Scientific Writing and Publishing’ to be held at Örebro University, Sweden on the 3rd May, 2012 at 13:15 – 16:00.

There are a significant number of research papers on ICT4D, but not all of them are rich in scientific rigor and relevance. Many of us spend significant portion of our efforts on finding right publication venues and struggling with getting our scholarly work published in due process and time. Therefore, this workshop is expected to focus on contemporary issues on writing scientific papers and publications that would benefit especially the young scholars in ICT4D research.

The workshop speakers will be:

Dr. Åke Grönlund, Professor in Informatics at Örebro University, Chair of AIS Special Interest Group on Electronic Government (SIGeGov) and Chair of Swedish Academy of Information Systems

Dr. Annika Andersson, Assistant Professor and Program Manager, Informatics master program at Örebro University and   Member of Editorial board, Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD)  

To register your interest, please send an e-mail to M. Sirajul Islam <sirajul.islam@oru.se> by the latest the 20th April 2012.

There is no registration or attendance fee. IPID will only sponsor IPID-members that are affiliated to a SPIDER-affiliated Swedish University. We will sponsor each participant with up to 700 SEK for travels related expenses.  

Please note that at the end of the workshop, all participants will be given ‘Certificate of attendance’.

Looking forward to your registration and to welcome you at Örebro University !

- Siraj
IPID Coordinator 

IPID Bi-monthly Newsletter Nr. 03/2012

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Sunday, 19th February 2012 @ 9:40am

[Apologies for potential cross postings]

Call for papers (cfp)

IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012
5th - 6th Sept, 2012, Kristiansand, Norway
Deadline for paper submission : June 15, 2012
CfP for IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012 has been announced. Postgraduate (PhD and masters ) students doing research in ICT4D are most welcome to attend this symposium. Please note that this event will be held in parallel to IFIP eGov/ePart conference 2012. For more details, please visit at http://groupspaces.com/ipid/item/229187   
Travel scholarships are available for the authors with accepted papers.

3rd International Workshop about research in ICT for Human Development
2nd - 5th  July 2012, Cuzco, Peru
Theme: Sustainability, maintenance and exploitation models of rural telemedicine networks in remote areas”
Deadline for paper submission : March 31, 2012
URL: http://www.tsc.urjc.es/jornadastic4dh

11th IFIP Electronic Government Conference (IFIP EGOV 2012)
September 3 to 6, 2012; University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
(Co-located with the 4th IFIP ePart conference)
Submission of papers:  4 March 2012

 
Journal off Information Technology for Development (ITD)
Special Issue on ‘Cyber-Security for Development’
Guest editors: Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, Doug Vogel  
Deadline for manuscripts submission: September 15, 2012
URL: http://itd.ist.unomaha.edu/IT4D%20-%20Cyber-Security%20for%20Development%20-%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf


7th mediterranean Conference on Information Systems  (MCIS) 2012)
8-10 September, 2012.  Guimaraes, Portugal
Track : eGovernment in the Mediterranean and Beyond
Deadline for paper submission : March 9th, 2012
Track URL:


IADIS International Conference on ICT, Society and Human being 2012
Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2012)
17 – 23 July 2012 Lisbon, Portugal
Deadline for paper submission (extended ): 27 February 2012 
URL: http://www.ict-conf.org/

 
18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Track: IS in Education, IS Curriculum, Education and Teaching Cases (SIGED)
Minitrack: Information Technologies in Online Education
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
URL:

 
18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
AMCIS 2012 Mini-track: Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning
Track: IS Curriculum, Education and Teaching Cases (SIGED)
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
URL: ,  Contact : rhadi1[at]uis.edu

18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Track : eGovernment
Mini track : Success Factors and Enablers for the Adoption and Diffusion of e-Government Services
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
URL: http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/index.php/program/tracks-and-minitracks

18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Track: Philosophical Perspectives in IS
Mini track: Socio-Technical Aspects of Information Systems
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
Please contact : Laurence.Brooks[at]brunel.ac.uk or david.wainwright[at]northumbria.ac.uk

 
18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Track: Social Issues and Social Inclusion
Minitrack: The Dark Side of Social Networking -- Social and Ethical Issues
Deadline for paper submission :  March 1, 2012: (11:59 PM Pacific time zone)
URL: http://amcis2012.aisnet.org/ ,  Contact : boxiao[at]comp.hkbu.edu.hk  or ccheung[at]hkbu.edu.hk or ismatlee[at]cityu.edu.hk

18th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2012
August 9-12, 2012  Seattle, Washington
Minitrack : Mobility and Mobile Information Systems
March 1, 2012    Deadline for paper submissions
Contact : key.pousttchi[at]wiwi.uni-augsburg.de

The 12th Social Study of ICT workshop (SSIT12)
Theme: Health Information Systems: Searching the Past - Finding a Future
Wednesday 18 April 2012, LSE, London
The event is free, but is restricted to 130 participants. All attendees must register 23 March 2012. To secure a place please download an application form.
URL: http://is.lse.ac.uk/newsAndEvents/2012events/SSIT12.htm


10th International Conference on Information Science Technology and Management (CISTM 2012)
Theme: Information Science and Technology in a virtualized world
June 21-22, 2012, SEG, Lisbon, Portugal
Deadline for paper submission :  April 29, 2012
URL: http://www.cistm.org

IFIP Working Group 8.2 Conference: Shaping the Future of ICT Research: Methods and Approaches
December 13-14, 2012 University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Deadline for paper submission :  1 July,  2012
URL: http://www.ifip82-2012.usf.edu

Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning
Tallinn, Estonia, July 30 to August 3
Deadline for paper submission:  February 27, 2012.
URL: http://ifip-ost12.tlu.ee/

16th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS)
Hochiminh City, Vietnam, July 11-15, 2012
Track: Electronic Government
Deadline for paper submission: March 7, 2012
URL: www.pacis2012.org

2nd International Conference on Digital Information and Communication Technology and Its Applications (DICTAP2012)
May 16-18, 2012, Bangkok Thailand
Deadline for paper submission: March 10, 2012
URL: http://www.sdiwc.net/thi/


9TH European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS2012)
7 - 8 June, 2012 Munich, Germany
Deadline for paper submission (extended) :  February 29, 2012
URL: http://www.emcis.org

Studies/ Colloquium / Seminars/ Mobile news/ IS Cases

Virtual course: International Development Cooperation
Credits: 5 ECTS
Time: 30.3.-30.5.2012
Coordinator: Rebecca Frilund, University of Turku, Finland
Registration Deadline: 15 March 2012
Registration URL: http://www.unipidvirtualstudies.fi/node/35


Examining Inclusive Innovation: A Study of Micro-Entrepreneurs in the Kenyan Mobile Phone Sector Presenter:  Chris Foster - Centre for Development Informatics, University of Manchester
Tuesday 21st February 2012, 1pm-2pm, Harold Hankins Building room 10.05
The seminar is free and open to all; no booking is required.
URL:

NFC: Advancing the Mobile Ecosystem
Event: Mobile World Congress
Tuesday 28th February, 2012 - 12:30 - 15:30 CET
GSMA Seminar Theatre,Fira Montjuic, Barcelona
For more information and to register for Mobile World Congress 2012 please click here.
URL: www.gsm.org


Mobile Agriculture: The Market Opportunity
Event: Mobile World Congress
Tuesday 28th February 2012, 17.30- 18.30
GSMA Seminar Theatre, Hall 2.1, Fira Montjuïc, Barcelona
For more information and to register for Mobile World Congress 2012 please click here.
URL: www.gsm.org Also at  http://www.gsma.com/magri/

World Bank ICT Week: Live webcast of the forthcoming ICT events at the World Bank
ICT Sector Day on February 23
February 23, 28, 29 and March 1, 2012
Knowledge Exchange on Open Government on February 28 and ICT Learning Days, February 29 and March 1

Live Webcast at: www.worldbank.org/edevelopment/live 


Berkman  (Harvard University) Luncheon Series : Online Consultation and Democratic Information Flow

Tuesday, February 28, 12:30pm ET,
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, Cambridge, MA.
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Doctoral Colloquium: 2012 Digital Government Conference
June 4, 2012, University of Maryland College Park (Maryland, USA)
Deadline : March 1, 2012.
URL: http://www.dgo2012.dgsna.org/

Agile Development in International Development - Learning From Software Development
Please click here for details. 

ICT in Primary Schools are Learning Tools, Not Tools to be Learned
Please click here for details

Worldreader:  e-books and e-readers in developing countries
Presenter: Dr.  Jonathan D. Wareham,  Worldreader - Spanish Foundation Board, Vice Dean & Professor ESADE - Ramon Llull University Barcelona, Spain
Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
URL: http://www.worldreader.org

2012 Summer Research Institute for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems
The Bishop’s Lodge Resort, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Application: Screening begins March 9th, 2012
Eligibility: Advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and pre-tenure faculty at US-based institutions
Notification: Early April 2012
Cost: reasonable expenses will be covered for all accepted participants
For further information please visit www.sociotech.net, e-mail bsbutler@umd.edu

Fail Faire @ ICTD2012
Monday, March 12, 2012 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Failure.  What does it mean for ICTD research to fail? How can we learn from 'failed' research projects? At the FAILFaire@ICTD2012 we invite people to an open and interactive discussion about the nature of failure in ICTD research, using presentations about specific cases as a starting point for dialogue. Please RSVP to attend FAILFaire ICTD2012 if you want to particpate without the stress of presentation.

APCICT and partners in Indonesia organize ICTD for Youth workshop
Rounding out a month full of ICTD for youth activities, APCICT and the University of Indonesia will deliver a Primer Series Training of Trainers Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia on 27-29 February. Over 30 professors and trainers from 5 universities in Indonesia and the National University of Timor-Leste, will receive training on Primer 1 and develop strategies to implement and deliver the resource to youth in their institutions. Click here for more information.

10th Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme
The deadline for this year's tenth Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme is fast approaching, so if you know any good PhD students who could benefit from two weeks' intensive study of cutting edge Internet-related social science research please make sure they get their application in by 23rd February , 2012.
Full information available at: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/teaching/sdp/Y2012.cfm


Vacancies/ PhD/Research positions


Doctoral studentship in Informatics with an information security profile at Orebro University School of Business, Sweden

As a doctoral student you will study the use of sensor technology and  intelligent systems for the monitoring of the elderly in their home  environments from an information security perspective. The aim is to contribute to the development of secure sensor technology and secure  intelligent systems that also respect privacy. In this context, secure  refers to such use of sensor technology and intelligent systems that  safeguards the information collected as confidential, not subject to  modification, and accessible. With privacy being a much debated concept,  there lays a great challenge in balancing privacy together with other important values, such as accessible information. The research project will in part include data collection in Swedish. For more information and further details of the programme, please contact Fredrik Karlsson (Informatics)    ( +46 19-30 39 94)
URL: http://oru.se/English/About-the-University/Vacancies/

Doctoral studentship in the ‘design and development of social media applications’ at Uppsala University, Sweden
Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University, Sweden
Application deadline: March 1, 2012.
More information: http://www2.personalavd.uu.se/ledigaplatser/262Phd.html


Doctoral studentship in MIS at Syracuse University, USA
Whitman School of Management,  Syracuse University
Deadline: February 15, 2012
URL: http://whitman.syr.edu/PhD/  If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Vitharana at padmal[at]syr.edu

 

Grants /Fellowships/Funding/Awards/Competition


Spider ICT4D Research Grants

SPIDER/SIDA offers grants for research related to ongoing Spider-supported ICT4D projects in democracy, education, and health in 2012. The research should be undertaken by researchers based in Sweden together with researchers in the project country. The aim of this research is to facilitate knowledge production in ICT4D, while strengthening ongoing and future ICT4D activities. Next deadline for submission of expression of interest is 15 March 2012 and for full applications 16 April 2012.
For more information : http://www.spidercenter.org/research

Submit your innovation to create microwork jobs in developing countries
m2Work: From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs
Deadline : April 2, 2012
InfoDev and Nokia IdeasProject launch global competition to drive innovation in mobile microwork and create jobs.
For more details : http://www.idisc.net/en/Article.39248.html

10th Hilti Fellowship
Spend Your Winter Term 2012/13 Abroad - Apply for the Hilti Fellowship Award
Application Deadline: May 1, 2012
Hilti awards the most talented Master students in Information Systems (IS) from around the globe with a truly unique fellowship program: The Hilti Fellowship is a combination of practical training at Hilti and academic learning at the University of Liechtenstein, designed to set the cornerstone for a successful future. As such, it combines a stay abroad with a challenging work experience, and the possibility to continue and deepen your Master studies at the same time.
URL: http://www.uni.li/hilti-fellowship

Research Grant Competition - Spring 2012 Round  
Submission deadline: 12 April 2012
Click here for more information.

African Union Research Grants  
Submission deadline: 20 April 2012 
Click here for more information.

EADI Prize for Excellence in Development Studies 2012
Submission deadline: April 30, 2012
URL: http://www.eadi.org/training/eadi-for-students/eadi-prize-2012.html

UN –IAS PhD and Postdoctoral fellowships 2012
Organized by : UNU-IAS in Yokohama and its operating unit in Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK)
URL: http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=6&ddlID=756

Global South Scholar-In-Residence Programme  in Geneva 
Application deadlines: March 1, 2012 for Residence in the Fall 2012; 1st of October 2012 for Residence in the Spring 2012
This fellowship is open to outstanding young professors from universities from developing and emerging countries pursuing advanced research in areas bridging the fields of international and development studies, broadly defined, and working in disciplines such as anthropology, history, law, politics and political science, and economics.
URL: http://graduateinstitute.ch/corporate/institute/visiting/in_residence_en.html

Internet Society’s Grants Programme
Submission deadline : March 30, 2012
To prepare for this application round, we will be holding two information sessions via WebEx on February 21 at 1030 and 2000 UTC.   More information on the Q&A sessions can be found at http://www.internetsociety.org/events/chapter-events?p=1460
Any questions regarding the Community Grants Programme, please send them to projects[at]isoc.org.

Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2012
Application deadline is April 30, 2012. Notification of award will be sent by June 15.
The Carl Couch Center issues an annual call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that (1) apply symbolic interactionist approaches to internet studies, (2) demonstrate interactive relationships between social interaction and communication technologies, and/or (3) develop symbolic interactionist concepts in new directions.
URL: http://www.cccsir.com/award_cc.htm

Spider ICT4D Research Grants

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Tuesday, 14th February 2012 @ 5:39pm

We (Spider/SIDA) offer grants for research related to ongoing Spider-supported ICT4D projects in democracy, education, and health in 2012. The research should be undertaken by researchers based in Sweden together with researchers in the project country. The aim of this research is to facilitate knowledge production in ICT4D, while strengthening ongoing and future ICT4D activities.

[Please note that this call is also available at http://www.spidercenter.org/research]

Applying:

Researchers in ICT4D associated with Spider partner universities (PhD students and researchers holding PhD degree or equivalent) submit an expression of interest (see below). Spider will review submissions in consultation with the project partners concerned. Researchers with interesting and relevant proposals will be asked to prepare a full application (see below).

List of partner universities 


Spider-supported projects that are relevant for these research grants are:

Improving Reproductive and Child health services through ICT (Tanzania)

SMS for Human Rights (Tanzania)

M-Governance: Exploring conditions for successful Mobile Governance in Kenya (Kenya)

Reforms through citizen participation and government accountability (Kenya)

ICTs for the construction of democracy in Bolivia (Bolivia)

Spider is in the process of starting up some projects in Cambodia on democracy, education, and health. Interested researchers are encouraged to contact us for more information on these projects.

Timing:

Next deadline for submission of expression of interest is 15 March 2012 and for full applications 16 April 2012. The decision on funded applications will be announced on the web and by e-mail by 30 April 2012. Please send your expression of interest to iskra@spidercenter.org.

Scope:

The maximum amount granted is SEK 100 000, to be used in 2012. The grant can be used to cover travel and upkeep, local salaries, and other research-related costs for Swedish based and partner country researchers.

Selection criteria:

The emphasis is on the relevance of the research to the ongoing project(s), relevance to ICT4D, innovativeness of the research, proposed research methods, expected results and indicators for their measurement, the level of balance between Swedish and partner country researchers, as well as scientific merits of the collaborators.

Expression of Interest:

A brief note describing the research questions and method, their relation to the project, the collaborating researchers and indicative budget is submitted by the principal researcher. Spider will inform the applicant if the proposed research is accepted by the project partners and ask the principal researcher to submit a full application. Download expression of interest form.

Application:

A more detailed form together with annexes containing the CV of the researchers and detailed description of the research is submitted in electronic form, along with a hard copy. 

Contract:

Support to research will be based on a contractual agreement between Spider and the partner University of the principal researcher, specifying scope, budget, allocation, disbursement, implementation, and reporting.

Reporting:

The principal researcher is responsible for scientific and financial reporting to Spider, electronically and in hard copy. S/he is also responsible for the technical and administrative coordination of the project. Spider encourages multimedia formats of reporting, combining textual, audio, and visual material.

Auditing:

The grant must be audited by an external, independent and qualified auditor, following Spider’s Financial Audit Guidelines. Swedish public authorities and public universities can use their internal auditors if these are independent and authorized (Certified Internal Auditor, Swedish National Audit Officer or FAR). Unused project funds must be reimbursed to Spider.

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Cfp: IPID ICT4D Annual Symposium 2012, Kristiansand, Norway (5th - 6th Sept, 2012)

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Monday, 13th February 2012 @ 9:23pm

Call for Paper : IPID ICT4D Symposium 2012

University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway
Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 9am - 4pm Thursday, 6th September

The 7th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) will be held 5-6 September, 2012 at University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. IPID is a network of postgraduate students doing research in ICT4D and operates through inter alia support to doctoral and master students and increased visibility at international conferences. The network is administered by the School of Business (Informatics) at the Örebro University and funded by the SPIDER/SIDA.

Like previous years, the 2012 symposium will provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience and gain valuable experience. It is also an opportunity for young scientists to network and engage with international ICT4D scholars . The symposium will consist of two parts - paper presentations and interactive panels focusing on both professional and academic related questions (e.g. getting published, working in the field of ICT4D, ethical and moral issues in ICT4D research and implications/possibilities of ICT for Development). The aim is to have creative and friendly days where we can discuss and help each other.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Bridging the digital divide
• Applications of ICT for development
• Mobile technology for development
• ICTs role in development practice
• Theoretical frameworks
• Methodological applications in ICTD research
• Gender issues and ICT4D
• Evaluation of ICT4D projects and research
• Sustainability and scalability of ICT4D projects

Paper submission

We ask for short papers and are interested in both practical and theoretical papers, completed as well as research in progress. Papers should be submitted in Word format and not exceed 3500 words. All papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee for quality and relevance. Please send your papers to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se). So as to maximise the number of post-graduate papers at the conference, actual presentations will be restricted to 15 minutes.

All accepted papers will be published on the IPID website (http://www.ipid.se or http://www.electronicgovernment.se/ipid/).

Best paper awards

Up to three papers will be selected as the best papers of the symposium. Initial screening will be done by the organizing committee and then a panel of senior researchers within the field will select the best of the short-listed papers.

Panel suggestions

If you would like to convene a panel discussion, please send an email to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se) stating the title of the panel, a short description and suggested panel members.

Keynote speakers

To be announced

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission : 2012-06-15
Notification of acceptance : 2012-07-20
Early-bird registration ends : 2012-08-15
Registration ends : 2012-08-30
Symposium : 5-6 September 2012

Registration:

To be announced

Travel grants 

Travel grants will be awarded to the participants with accepted papers. Application details will be announced later.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact any of the organizers below:

Organizing committee

- M. Sirajul Islam, IPID Coordinator (sirajul.islam@oru.se)
- Annika Andersson, Örebro University (annika.andersson@oru.se)
- Mathias Hatakka, Örebro University (mathias.hatakka@oru.se)

- Dr. Devinder Thapa, Research Fellow, Dept. of Information Systems, University of Agder, Norway (devinder.thapa@uia.no)

Symposium Chair:

Åke Grönlund, Professor, Informatics, Örebro University, School of Business, Sweden

Submit your innovation to create microwork jobs in developing countries

E-mail sent by M Sirajul Islam, Thursday, 2nd February 2012 @ 9:29pm

 

m2Work: From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs

Submit your innovation to create microwork jobs in developing countries by April 2, 2012

Washington D.C. – 1 February 2012 - m2Work, which is launched today, is your chance to shape the future of microwork and to make a difference for hundreds of thousands of potential microworkers in developing countries. Microwork refers to small digital tasks people can perform anywhere to supplement their income.

Currently, microworkers need access to computers, which are expensive and require infrastructure. But if they could work on their mobile phones, considering the approximately 5 billion mobile phones in developing countries, this could have enormous job creation potential in the developing world.

This is why we want you to submit an idea before April 2, 2012 for a mobile microwork application that has market potential and can have a meaningful impact. Your idea needs to tackle an existing problem or need that can be addressed by microwork. You can submit it alone or as part of a team. You are also invited to be a part of discussions on other ideas from the m2Work community.

m2Work is a worldwide challenge and a joint project of infoDev and Nokia’s IdeasProject, and supported by UKaid. infoDev, a global partnership program in the World Bank, uses its vast network of Mobile Applications Labs (mLabs) and business incubators to help tech entrepreneurs every step of the way, from a seed-stage idea to a thriving start-up that creates sustainable jobs. The m2Work challenge wants to fuel the race for the best ideas, and to spark a goal-oriented, global discussion about mobile microwork.

With individual cash prizes of up to US$20,000, we have assembled a high-profile jury consisting of representatives of Nokia, the World Bank, academia, the microwork industry and the wider technology investment sector, who will select the prize winners. They will judge all submissions based on the criteria of potential development impact, innovativeness, feasibility and clarity of presentation.

The six finalists, who will receive coaching before a final pitching event, will be announced at the end of April. The grand prize will be awarded in the summer.


For more information, visit m2Work’s official website, www.ideasproject.com/m2Work

Contact person: Nicolas Friederici (infoDev / World Bank), email: nfriederici@worldbank.org


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