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These are introductions made from July 1996 to the IACN mailing list L-R. Back to full IACN intros index.

Anna Malina
Colin Millar
Robyn Mills
Jon Moore
Michael Mulquin
Lynnda Neethling
David Newman
Susan O'Donnell
Graham Pitt
Stephen Rennie
Stephen Robinson
Brian J Robson


Anna Malina


cimali@cis.qmced.ac.uk

Hello!

I recently joined the mailing list and would like to introduce myself and briefly outline my areas of interest.

I am a PhD research student in the Dept. of Communication & Information Studies in Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh.

I am interested in the implications of virtual communication for the 'public sphere'. I am particularly interested in the different scenarios regarding the social and economic uses of new converging electronic media and want to explore what might be described as the emergence of opportunities and risks created by new forms of locally based electronic networks. These include concepts of empowerment, equality and citizenship described by the concept of 'virtual democracy'. I also find interesting the continuing significance of market forces, consumerism and the move towards smaller scale niche markets. Increasingly significant in this respect is the ability to represent places in a virtual environment located in the global market-place.

My PhD research study is centred around the Craigmillar Community Information Service Network, a community-based electronic network in Edinburgh. The study is qualitative and seeks to explore and seek understanding about the background, subsequent development, human use and perceived significance of the network. I hope to examine the way CCIS (as one example of community electronic networking) is bringing local organisations and local people to the forefront and how they are supporting, through different forms of agency, the cultural and economic intitiatives which contribute to urban regeneration of the local area.

Earlier this year, I was able to present papers at two international conferences, outlining some of the introductory aspects of my study and describing some theoretical and empirical directions. These could be described in more detail to anyone interested. (For info, the second paper was presented at the 20th IAMCR Conference in Sydney and was co-written and co-presented with my supervisor, Nick Jankowski, of the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.)

I am looking forward to continuing communication and discussions with this group.

Anna Malina
Queen Margaret College
Dept of Communication & Information Studies
Edinburgh, Scotland.
email:: cimali@cis.qmced.ac.uk or 100526.3635@compuserve.com

Colin Millar

Colin Millar <colin.millar@bt-sys.bt.co.uk>

As Dave suggested when we joined up to the list ( a most excellent job - thanks Dave!) we could send out a short introduction summarising our interest in the IACN and its UK offspring. Here goes.

I lead a small research project on Community Networks at BT Labs. You may note my colleagues Doug Williams and maybe Dave Greenop on the list. Basically this Project is funded from the Board via the Strategy Departments and is of the form of a "Advocate Team", where we try to develop a case for a radically different view of a future operating environment and inform decision-makers accordingly. It is a mix of trying to be visionary whilst keeping our feet firmly planted in reality.

Our background is basically technical (networks, information and applications) and this is largely new territory for us, so we need to understand the issues through interaction with practitioners. That is why we think the IACN is important - to form new understandings and identify partnerships to help make the future happen.

The Project noted above is actually supporting the formation of the IACN (UK) or whatever it will be called, through small financial and moral support for venues, refreshements, admin costs etc via P4T. This is not sustainable in the long term, but will get things off the ground.

We have a vision to actually get involved in a community network at some time in the near future, but we need to form a better understanding supporting a crisper case to decision-makers in the company to get to the "beyond critical" activity stage. The IACN will help us immensely in this process by providing a focus for information and opinion, a font of possible partnerships, leverage to get things moving, a depository of good practice, and a place where manifest success can be recorded.

Doug and I gave a presentation at CIN 96 where we elaborated BTs research position. If you wish to talk further, please dont hesitate to contact me on 01473 643863 or colin.millar@bt-sys.bt.co.uk.
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Robyn Mills

Robyn Mills <millsr@pigeon.qut.edu.au>

Thanks for adding me to the list. A bit about me and Logan Regional Resource Centre: ours is a small community based nonprofit organisation serving community agencies and groups in an urban and rural area that abuts the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane. We work with workers and caregivers to enhance service provision and we provide information resources. That's where I come in. As the Librarian, I control our collection of material on community development and management and regional and local issues. I am currently undertaking a research project into the feasibility of establishing a community services directory and network facility for the local community sector using either Internet or electronic bulletin-board. Hence my interest in finding out about community networking. I am currently at the literature review stage, and am pulling quite a lot of stuff off the net. I am appreciative of any assistance I can gain with research in this area.

Logan Regional Resource Centre
PO Box 640 Woodridge Australia 4112
Ph. 61 7 3290 2399
Fax 61 7 3290 2851
Email millsr@pigeon.qut.edu.au
Logan Regional Resource Centre
PO Box 640 Woodridge Australia 4112
Ph. 61 7 3290 2399
Fax 61 7 3290 2851
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Jon Moore

Jon Moore <jmoore@fzl.cel.co.uk>

I'm Jon. I work for CEL - Collective Enterprises Limited.

We are a private small business specialising in providing management services to not-for-profit organisations. (More info at www.cel.co.uk).

We are currently writing up a long-term (3 yrs) study into the feasibility of providing a public-access internet and on-line services facility for Derbyshire organisations.

Good to meet you all at the conference - I found it very interesting and useful.

Jon Moore http://www.win-uk.net/~jmoore/
Personal Mail: jmoore@fzl.win-uk.net
Collective Enterprises Ltd: jmoore@cel.co.uk
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Michael Mulquin

Michael Mulquin <ASTON-CIU@GEO2.poptel.org.uk>

It was exciting to meet many of you and to get the sense that things are about to take off! My name is Michael Mulquin and I work in the East London borough of Newham for a charitable trust. I head a team of 13 people supporting new community initiatives in the borough. We obtained European funding to set up the NewTel project to help the voluntary sector in Newham to use the new communications technology and the team have been working since January. They, no doubt, will introduce themselves. Since March last year I have also been supporting David Wilcox and Richard Stubbs in every way I could in the attempt to link such initiatives up nationally. Things are happening at breathneck speed and now is the time for us to take a step back and identify good models. I look forward to working with you all!
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Lynnda Neethling

Lynnda Neethling <minerva@dcez.com>

I am a graduate MLS student in Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America, with an interest in the ways in which partnerships between libraries and community information networks can be developed and fostered. (I know that there are some other folk on this list with a similiar library perspective).

I have worked as a public librarian in Johannesburg, South Africa for 8 years, and developed an interest in community outreach as a result of this work, but it was when I came to the US last year on a Fulbright scholarship, that I began to learn about the possibilities of using technology as a tool to reach more people more effectively. This is my final semester, and in between studies, I am doing some research for the Community Information Exchange in DC on community information in public libraries, and how their CD-ROM on community development might benefit public libraries.

Am enjoying the informative and interesting discussions on the list!

Lynnda Neethling
School of Library and Information Science
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
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David Newman

David Newman <Infoman@Queens-Belfast.ac.uk>

See http://www.qub.ac.uk/f&info/staff/dave/

OK, now I've sorted out my local computer conferencing to e-mail gateway, here's the rest of my introduction.

I'm just about to advertise for a half-time research assistant to evaluate community information networks, especially Community Information Network Northern Ireland (CINNI). CINNI is designed to support communications between community and voluntary groups, rather than general public access. Each group can choose what they wish to do with their Internet connection: use it for local people who drop in, for training and education, for their information officer to find information, or to communicate with similar groups or people with similar interests outside their community.

The evaluation will be based on the critical benefits and initial needs of each of the participating groups. Some have already set measurable objectives, others can be gleaned from group interviews and my students' case studies of the organisations.

From davenewman at QUB-IM, via infoman@qub.ac.uk account of Dr. David R. Newman, Queen's University, School of Management, BELFAST BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland. mailto:d.r.newman@qub.ac.uk http://www.qub.ac.uk/f&info/staff/dave/index.htmlDate: Tue, 6 Aug 1996 11:12:51 +0100
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Susan O'Donnell


I'm working on a research project looking at info&comm technology use by Irish community and voluntary organisations. We're in the midst of organising a conference here in Dublin about the Internet for these organisations. For more info, you can visit our Web page:

www.dcu.ie/staff/volsec.html

Bye for now.

Susan O'Donnell
Researcher
DCU School of Communications
E-mail: odonnels@ccmail.dcu.ie
Home page:http://www.dcu.ie/staff/sodonnell/index.html#intro
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Graham Pitt


Graham J Pitt <graham.pitt@ukonline.co.uk>

I'm Graham Pitt of the West of England Community Network, hopefully!:) I am a volunteer trying to establish a community network with the help of the University West of England, based in Bristol.

The aim of this network is to provide easy and low-cost access to a forum for discussion and exchange of information relating to non-profitmaking organisations.

I have spent the last fourteen years working as a volunteer helping to develop the community here in Cornwall, where I live. During this time I have always been acutely aware of the lack of communication between similar organisations and the wasted effort caused by the duplication of events and pilots studies.

At present, the West of England Community Network is running a very small pilot study within the University using the FirstClass conferencing system.

It is hoped that, eventually, this system will be opened to the Internet to all the sharing of all information relevant to community groups.

One point I would like to make through this missive is about volunteers. We ARE volunteers. There ARE a lot of us out there working in the community.

Many of us do not have the advantage of financially secure organisations behind us and therefore, we can only support our ideals as far as our pockets will allow.

I am sure that you are all aware of the valuable contribution that Volunteers can make to community projects. I also realise that it is all too easy to lose sight of the 'grass roots' when the community project becomes part of your paid employment.

Many thanks to the financially secure organisations that have managed to get UK Communities Online this far.

Regards to all,

Graham Pitt
Tel: +44 01288 356 045
Fax: +44 01288 356 045
E-mail: gjpitt@aol.com
West of England Community Network
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Stephen Rennie

srennie@lmu.ac.uk

By way of introducing myself as a new member, I have included an outline of the course I teach on which is closest to what I perceive to be members' interests. Other than this Foresight and Futures course, my teaching (and my working background) has largely been in the field of children's play. The Dip HE Playwork at Leeds is my core teaching area.

Stephen Rennie, Leeds Metropolitan University
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Stephen Robinson

srobinson@cix.compulink.co.uk (Stephen Robinson)

A brief note to let members of this list know I am here.

I am the Director in charge of IT for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. We are working closely with the London Research Centre to establish EMAIL links with other London Boroughs.

We are seeking ways of strengthening electronic links with other Boroughs, our local community and businesses.
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Brian J Robson

Brian J Robson <100321.1522@CompuServe.COM>

Retired and working for the last couple of years as a volunteer with Surrey Charity & Voluntary Initiative (SCVI) which is hosted by Surrey Voluntary Service Council (SVSC).

I am an IT and Internet enthusiast, both personally, and for their potential in the voluntary sector. Have just joined the CVS & Internet Working Group.

Interested in the wider perspective which community networking offers. Hope I'll be able to make some useful contribution.

Brian
Banstead, Surrey.
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Prepared by Communities Online December 2 1996