- provides a space devoted to the conceptual framework known as Hodges' model. Read about this tool that can help integrate HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE, INFORMATICS and EDUCATION. The model can facilitate PERSON-CENTREDNESS, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, HOLISTIC CARE and REFLECTION. Follow the development of a new website using Drupal (it might happen one day!!). See our bibliography, posts since 2006 and if interested please get in touch [@h2cm OR h2cmng AT yahoo.co.uk]. Welcome.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

c/o Mauri Kaipainen - Conceptual Spaces @ Work 2016 over

Dear CS @W 2016 contributor or participant,

This message was sent to all who registered to the conference.

The second conference on Conceptual Spaces @ Work took place at Södertörn University, Stockholm on Aug 25-27, preceded by the co-located CS360 workshop on the 24th. The international event with physically present or virtual participants from all over Europe, Australia and the US was a great intellectual success. A number of applications and theoretical developments of the theory of conceptual spaces was presented, followed by lively and multi-faceted discussions that will no doubt cross-fertilise further intellectual offsprings. It is beyond the reasonable to exhaust the entire repertoire presented, several talks discussed various forms of reasoning in terms of CS. A few related CS to theory and history of science. Some other took even up fundamental epistemological questions of the paradigm.

In the panel discussion, a number of potential ways were identified in which CS might contribute to - if not solving - perhaps easing current hard problems of the world that often boil down to different or incommensurable conceptual spaces. The practical topic of the organization of the CS community was also discussed. Strong support was given to the idea of the community evolving as a self-organising network instead of being forced into some strict format. Regarding the organisation of the next CS @W conference, the two Antonios Chella and Lieto promised to look into the possibilities to organise it in Italy, the timing of course remaining open at this moment.

All video recordings are available at https://sh-medieteknik.solidtango.com/categories/cs-w-2016 

The most natural communication channel in the present may be the CS360 network driven by Frank Zenker. If you wish to be on the mailing list, please register at https://conceptualspaces360.wordpress.com/newslist/ .

I will soon return to the presenters about the planned anthology, consisting mainly of elaborated talks of the conference. The deadline for the articles is April 30 2017.

Warmest thanks to all who participated or contributed to the conference!

Best regards,

Mauri Kaipainen
PhD, professor, Media Technology
mauri.kaipainen AT sh.se
Skype: mkaipain 
MeetMe: http://www.doodle.com/mkaipain
Södertörn University
School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Alfred Nobels allé 7
S-141 89 Huddinge

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Community & Future: 2nd Workshop Conceptual Spaces at Work

There is a blog for the Conceptual Spaces community:

This includes an introduction describing synergies, videocasts when available, upcoming events, a bibliography, background to CS and links to sources. You can also subscribe to a mail list.

Yesterday, the close included the almost obligatory reflection on the future.

There are tentative plans for related meetings (Paris, Berlin, Palermo) and while 4 years is a long time, I can see what is meant by giving time for people to develop work. That point is not lost on me. What also stands out is the theoretical emphasis to date within CS, so there is a need to open the work to a wider audience and practical applications. In the media there's a lot about 'public interest technology' and 'public interest law'. For example, as well as commercial enterprises, Drupal is playing a key part in leveraging the public interest through its work with not for profit organisations.

There is an ongoing call for papers for the next 8 months, obviously for the speakers and for those attending. Do contact people through the email leads at CS360 if interested.

CS is one possible tool I might use at some point, perhaps it also has relevance for you?

For me, presently it's departures gate F62!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

2nd Workshop Conceptual Spaces at Work - videos

I seem to be late with this post, two of three days of the conference are already done.

It seems like yesterday I was in Lund trying to find Hobykrok B&B. In the distance cranes were building what I was told was to be a scientific facility - an atom smasher of some sort. That was 2012: now the Max IV [ well it had to be ;-) ] Laboratory (a synchroton) is complete.

You can catch up on video presentations since Thursday at:

Sessions on this the final day will also be streamed live.

All the sessions are interesting but they do vary in relevance for me. Conceptual Spaces provide a technical and mathematical solution to explain Hodges' model; Threshold Concepts can provide another form of possible explanation, developmental, learning and student focussed. In a search for evidence for a resource that combines sciences and humanities, quantitative and qualitative, objective and subjective... this is an essential strategy.

I am not presenting. For a long time I've felt the dearth of data, the need for 'evidence'. Data is bound to follow if can finalise my research proposal, although in volume the data gathering could be a feast or famine.

If I were presenting I might bring a challenge for the CS community.

The jigsaw pieces (forever idealised) are:

  • time
  • decisions
  • intra/interpersonal
  • orientation
  • group-population
  • humanistic
  • sociology
  • mental capacity
  • place
  • context/situation
  • political
  • wise/unwise
  • person
  • mechanistic
  • individual
  • consistency
  • continuity
  • other-assessor
  • sciences
The Conceptual Spaces conference has provided one, possibly two presentations so far that support how I put the above together.

I greatly appreciated the company today being able to share my delight in this exchange of ideas at firsthand and to champion the cause that is h2cm. After a gathering for drinks at Södra Teatern & Mosebacke Etablissement meeting other delegates old and new, I visited the shops and on the way back to my airBnB host looked at several doodles for the above conceptual components. Settling on one and developing it further I also found the following words which seem to complete it...

That which we call the 'person' is the sum of all times, all places and what is experienced and remembered (or forgotten) there. 

The final 'there' is quite abstract of course - which is fitting: being there. I'll work up the diagram for the draft paper (yes, also from 2012..!) once other things are settled.

Four years is a long time, I hope the next CS designated event is much sooner.

I walked 8.9 miles Wednesday and 5.6 Friday - not bad while on a conference.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Research about the Right to Education in the Global South c/o Open Education

Greetings Open Education Friends:

I’d like to introduce Mikhail Volchak. He is a researcher at Essex University (UK) and is a member of Creative Commons Belarus.

Mikhail is working on his masters dissertation re: the right to education in the Global South and how traditional copyright is inhibiting access. He is trying to connect with people working on similar topics.

Mikhail asked that I forward this note:
I make research about right to education in the global South. The main points it will reveal: (1) what barriers are created by copyright on access to learning material; (2) what tools from international Human Right law can be used for protecting the access and (3) what are pluses and minuses of existing solutions.

I would like to communicate with researchers, activists, teachers, librarians from or who works with the issue in developing countries.
I also suggested, to Mikhail, that he might join: http://go-gn.net

... and connect with the researchers at: http://roer.cemca.org.in/

Thank you for connecting with Mikhail at: fannrm AT gmail.com

Warmest regards,

Cable Green, PhD
Director of Open Education

Creative Commons

retain, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute
Get Creative Commons Updates http://bit.ly/commonsnews
open-education mailing list (my source)
open-education AT lists.okfn.org
https://lists.okfn.org/ mailman/listinfo/open- education

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Self: Inside and Outside the Boxes c/o Tate Liverpool Maria Lassnig

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Let there be no - 'Invisible Rooms' - in the Art and Science of Care

Visited Tate Liverpool, 1000-1230 today.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Human Capital & backseat passengers

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"The average employed person
had a "human capital stock"
of £471,000 at the
end of last year..."

The average wealth per
rose by
£87,000 to £135,000."

Picture taken August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mahmoud Rslan

"The value of the UK's
 human capital increased
by £890 billion
to £19.2 trillion
 last year."

Knock! Knock!
... ... ... ...
Knock!! Knock!!
... ... ... ...
What do you want!

"Oh... hello. Is this the domain for justice?

"NO you won't find justice here."

Office for National Statistics: Human capital estimates Articles

Knowles, T. (2016). Get ready to push the boat out - you're worth £135,000. The Times, 19 August, p.33.

Photograph source:  The Peninsula Qatar
Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, with bloodied face, sits with his sister inside an ambulance after they were rescued following an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria August 17, 2016. Picture taken August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mahmoud Rslan

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

2nd International Conference on Systems and Complexity in Healthcare

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 2nd International Conference on Systems and Complexity in Healthcare which will be held on 9th and 10th of November at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana.

The conference theme is

Putting Systems and Complexity Sciences into Practice - Sharing the Experience.

We seek all engaged in the physiological, social, environmental, clinical, prevention, educational, organizational, finance and policy domains to share their experiences and build new relationships at this conference. We aim to provide a forum where learning is fostered, connections across disciplines are encouraged and new approaches to complexity and systems-inspired healthcare, education and leadership are explored.

Key dates: Abstract submission ends: August 15, 2016
We have extended the deadline for abstracts to 15 September.
Early bird registration ends: September 20, 2016

The conference will be highly interactive and employ processes that will encourage creative, interdisciplinary exchange throughout plenary, interactive sessions, oral and poster presentations. Participants will explore their experiences Putting Systems and Complexity Sciences into Practice and do so in a healthcare organization with a vibrant complexity science learning community. Interspersed throughout the conference will be multiple opportunities to see firsthand the many complexity-inspired innovations in place at Billings Clinic and talk with staff members who brought them to life.

Looking forward to seeing you in Billings

Curt Lindberg & Joachim Sturmberg

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fink's Taxonomy: Significant learning

By L. Dee Fink, University of Oklahoma


Learning goals: Significant learning

For half a century, teachers at all levels of instruction have used Bloom’s taxonomy to generate learning goals beyond “understand and remember” kinds of learning.

This taxonomy has been extremely helpful, but it does not encompass all the kinds of learning that society and educators today believe is important. So I propose a new taxonomy, one that identifies six different ways in which learning can be significant for students:

  1. Foundational Knowledge: students should understand and remember the basic content of the course (e.g., terms, concepts, principles). 
  2. Application: students should use the content and engage in effective and appropriate kinds of thinking. 
  3. Integration: students should integrate different disciplines, major ideas, and realms of life. 
  4. Human Dimension: students should identify the personal and social implications of this knowledge. 
  5. Caring: students should develop new feelings, interests, and values in relation to the subject. 
  6. Learning How to Learn: students should keep on learning about the subject after the course is over.


Fink's taxonomy will be very useful to help frame my studies and create an online platform for Hodges' model. I will explain how and why in a future post - when my research proposal is finalised.

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    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    "Making legal advice a clinical department" Dept of Clinical Law

    humanistic -------------------------------------------  mechanistic

    Definitions: Child in England and Wales
    < 18 years of age

    "Changing views in society have pushed...

    "Making legal advice a clinical department

    'child' : 'adult'
    mental capacity, deprivation of liberty,
    candidness and forethought,
    end of life decisions,
    treating physical illness in the mental ill,
    consent, confidentiality and treatment refusals (p.20)

    ... legal considerations of patient rights to 
    the front of clinician's agendas"

    Wheeler, R., & Marsh, M. (2016). Making legal advice a clinical department. Health Service Journal, April 13, 126: 6482, 20-21.

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    Monday, August 15, 2016

    Paper: Using Typography to Expand the Design Space of Data Visualization

    New Issue of She Ji.
    The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation

    Using Typography to Expand the Design Space of Data Visualization


    she ji
    This article is a systematic exploration and expansion of the data visualization design space focusing on the role of text. A critical analysis of text usage in data visualizations reveals gaps in existing frameworks and practice. A cross-disciplinary review including the fields of typography, cartography, and coding interfaces yields various typographic techniques to encode data into text, and provides scope for an expanded design space. Mapping new attributes back to well understood principles frames the expanded design space and suggests potential areas of application. From ongoing research created with our framework, we show the design, implementation, and evaluation of six new visualization techniques. Finally, a broad evaluation of a number of visualizations, including critiques from several disciplinary experts, reveals opportunities as well as areas of concern, and points towards additional research with our framework.

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    Sunday, August 14, 2016

    Book: Paradise Lodge

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    Fiction - Non-Fiction?



    Paradise Lodge, Nina Stibbe



    My source: FT Weekend

    Book cover:

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    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Dynamism - Stasis : Demand - Supply :Bed-blocking

    humanistic ---------------------------------------  mechanistic

    Gibbons, K. (2016). NHS crisis deepens as bed blocking costs £6bn. The Times, August 12, p.1.

    Image source:
    Hospital Bed By Wojciech Zasina, PL, Noun Project

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    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    new Transparency International publication on Corruption in Health Sector

    Dear all,

    Transparency International’s health programme has commenced a new research project to identify the major types of corruption in the health sector. We feel that this research piece will contribute to understanding the corruption vulnerabilities in the health sector and ultimately improve the availability and use of health information to hold governments accountable.

    This will feed into the World Health Summit in October, where Transparency International has been invited to run the opening session. We'll also be displaying results from the research on our website and will feature interviews with people about their experiences.

    As part of our research, we're keen to hear from as many healthcare professionals and policy makers as possible. This is to enable us to hear about your experiences of corruption and what you consider corruption to be.

    At this stage, we do not want to influence your thoughts - more capture them. A survey has gone online and we would be grateful if you could fill it in and distribute to your peers. 

    You can find the survey at: https://mp21.typeform.com/to/fjvnEX

    Given the sensitivity of the subject, the survey is anonymous unless you would like to talk to someone about your experience. At the end of the survey there is an option to leave your contact details.

    We're looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Best wishes,

    Sophie Peresson
    Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Programme

    Transparency International UK
    E: sophie.peresson AT transparency.org.uk
    Be GREEN, keep it on the SCREEN
    Healthcare. Environment. Media. Education. Business. #TransparencyMatters to us all. Tell us your story here.

    HIFA profile (and my source): Sophie Peresson is Director of the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Programme, Transparency International, UK. Email address: sophie.peresson AT transparency.org.uk

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    Online Journal of Nursing Informatics: Volume 20, Summer 2016

    OJNI is a free, international, peer reviewed publication that is published three times a year by HIMSS and supports all functional areas of nursing informatics.

    Table of Contents...

    Volume 20 Summer 2016
    Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) Summer 2016
    ISSN # 1089-9758 Indexed in CINAHL © 1996 – 2016

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    Monday, August 08, 2016

    HIFA: 6-week thematic discussion on Implementation Research

    Dear HIFA colleagues,

    First, a very warm welcome to the many (>150) new HIFA members who have joined us in the past few days (thank you to all who have helped with publicity). We hope you will enjoy our forthcoming discussion on Implementation Research.

    Today, Monday 8 August, is day 1 of our 6-week thematic discussion: IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH - ENGAGING EVERYONE, NOT JUST SCIENTISTS!

    We are grateful for support from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and The Lancet.

    Millions of people die needlessly every year because they did not receive basic lifesaving interventions. Implementation research is all about finding ways to improve access to medical treatments and other health services. There is no area of research that is more important in terms of its potential to save lives and reduce suffering.

    Over the coming 6 weeks we shall explore 6 questions, one each week, on different aspects of implementation research. We shall:

    - develop a shared understanding of what it is and why it's important;
    - learn from researchers and others who have been involved in implementation research;
    - learn from those who have used or applied the findings of implementation research (eg guideline developers, policymakers, health managers, frontline health workers…)
    - and, critically, hear from frontline healthcare providers what *they* consider are the main challenges in improving access to medical treatments and other health services - what are the key areas where implementation research is needed, and what are the questions that need answering?

    This week we start with a general question to help us all develop a shared understanding of what implementation research is and why it's important:


    Please email your thoughts, comments, questions to: hifa AT dgroups.org

    For background (and to review all six questions in this discussion) see here:

    Best wishes,

    Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA moderator
    On behalf of the HIFA Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice Group

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    Sunday, August 07, 2016

    Future of Mental Health Nurse Training - Generic Course

    It is an old debate: the generalist versus specialist. In nursing it's the divide in the tree of knowledge that gives us the branches of adult - general  and mental health nursing. Never unique this physical-mental, mind-body divide is repeated. A fractal feature of being human.

    Without checking these two camps have been mentioned on W2tQ previously. Ever defensive I have probably been responding to the critique so readily aimed at Hodges' model:

    Well, it is plain to see and read from the model that it is reinforcing the Cartesian division. The model is putting the patient in a box, not only that but using the medical model's reductionist practice by having four boxes. The model acts as an elaborated checklist.

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    On the 15th I am 39. Yes, I wish I was. On the 15th it is 39 years since I started as a Nursing Assistant at Winwick Hospital, Warrington, UK. The change in mental health since then has been phenomenal. Winwick is gone as the local, or one of several regional asylums.

    There is a proposal for students to specialise in the last year of training, to ensure there is an adequate grounding in physical care. The concern is that mental health skills will be diluted. There is some progress to be gained, ironically, in that suddenly the training will mirror what is experienced by the public and mental health services in terms of parity and spending.



    If we want to demonstrate nursing as a science and art let's mix the blue and green:


    SOCIOLOGY domain

    POLITICAL domain

    Voila! 50% of the work of the model is done. You wanted integrated care; you got integrated care: everything is all 70s Hunky Dory.

    Of course, it is never that simple.

    I've picked this issue up after it featured in Nursing Times (Stephenson, 2016) last month. Among the points raised:

    • Mental health risks being sidelined. 
    • Dilution of the mental health specialty could have a "devastating" impact.
    • Some mental health courses have already be revised to incorporate more generic content. This can leave students with the "the worst of both worlds". There is a risk of a bias to adult nursing. 
    • Recruitment and differences in the appeal of courses is also noted, mental health candidates may already have related qualifications and more life experience.
    • There is a need for a responsive and flexible workforce who can work pretty much anywhere (pp.2-3).

    It seems as if there is climate for merger and acquisitions activity. In truth it has been there for a long time.

    Mental health has changed. From my limited perspective I have not needed a work-issued briefcase for a decade. There was one case for us to use as needed. This one facet of a service-defined stepped care model that reflects change. From institution issue 3-piece suit plus white coats to smart-casual on the community. It is several years since I last needed to give an i.m. injection. I do feel I could tomorrow if needed, but if it is Risperidone - Consta I would once again need to read about the client and digest the info leaflet before doing the visit. Questions about competence are the constant. Believe me I'm not wishing for a return for the old-days: I remember it very well.

    As a sign-off mentor there has been a panic to find a student the necessary experience. Now it seems there is less urgency in this respect. This is a positive sign in terms of mental health nursing and social change and yet a loss of a clinical skill being learned and exercised.

    The emphasis over the past 1-2 decades is on nursing assessment. The nurse as therapist in the formal - psychological sense is no longer emphasised. A further diminution of mental health nursing. This may be a bias on my part, as a new community psychiatric nurse in the 1980s.

    Where I mention merger and acquisitions above, what of interest rates? What difference will the loss of the student bursary make? Workforce planners may benefit from more certainty and an increase in numbers, but what of the quality of the future workforce? This is a crucial factor in retention. I came to mental health nursing first then did two years for the SRN - RGN. Currently, some courses are structured such that in the first 6 months the student is already committed to the pathway. Change is not possible even if desired.

    At the very least this suggests the need for a four year course?

    The locus of my nursing career has been the community and begs the question: Is the project complete? The media and countless promises on mental health funding (ongoing) show that this is far from the case. Where would this place children's mental health, women's services and forensic? Has the reduction in beds been compensated for by community resources?

    But ALL the above misses another agenda; one that is now: 21st century nursing; (this is also represented in the third rendering of Hodges' model above).

    Policy makers must address the social and political foundations upon which all nurses, social workers and allied health professions (theorize and) practice.

    Where is the workforce that will help the public to self-care? Where is the focus on prevention? How are those 'troubled families' doing?

    There is a prospective dividend to follow from big-data, that can extend this debate to the real questions of - society, policy, and life-styles - and provide evidence for real change. Finally:

    Where is the generic conceptual framework to help integrate physical - general nursing and mental health?

    Stephenson, J. (2016). Rift over move to 'generic' courses. Nursing Times, 20.07.16. 112:29, 2-3.

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    Saturday, August 06, 2016

    Monday, August 01, 2016

    Journal of Community Informatics: Special Issue - Open Data for Social Change and Sustainable Development

    Dear Readers:

    The Journal of Community Informatics has just published its latest issue,
    Special Issue on Open Data for Social Change and Sustainable Development
    (including also regular sections) at
    http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/issue/view/57. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

    Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

    Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla
    PUCP - Communications
    evillan AT pucp.edu.pe
    Co-Editor in chief, Journal of Community Informatics

    The Journal of Community Informatics
    Vol 12, No 2 (2016): Special issue on Open Data for Social Change and Sustainable Development
    Table of Contents

    Articles, Special Issue on Open Data for Social Change and Sustainable Development
    Raed M Sharif, Francois Van Schalkwyk

    Open Data Intermediaries in Developing Countries
    Francois Van Schalkwyk, Michael Canares, Sumandro Chattapdhyay, Alexander Andrason

    Mapping an emergent Open Data eco-system
    Michelle McLeod, Maurice McNaughton

    User Centred Methods for Measuring the Value of Open Data
    Mark Frank, Johanna Walker

    Enhancing Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data
    Michael Parmisano Canares, Dave Marcial, Marijoe Narca

    Open Data and Subnational Governments: Lessons from Developing Countries
    Michael Parmisano Canares, Satyarupa Shekhar

    Open Data and Evidence-based Socio-economic Policy Research in India: An overview
    Aurelie Larquemin, Jyoti Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Sharon Buteau

    Researching the emerging impacts of open data: revisiting the ODDC
    conceptual framework
    Tim Davies, Fernando Perini

    A Suburban Communications Network: Recurrence of Use, Growth of Participation, and the Challenges of Sustainability
    Fiona Redhead, Margot Brereton

    Understanding Information need and media habit of poor farmers in Bangladesh
    Mohammad Muaz Jalil, Mohammad Shahroz Jalil

    Points of View
    Facebook’s “Free Basics”: For or against community development?
    Moonjung Yim, Ricardo Gomez, Michelle S Carter

    To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World by Vincent Mosco
    Alexander Fink

    Geek Heresy: a heretical view of technology for development
    Tony Roberts

    The Journal of Community Informatics http://www.ci-journal.net

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