10th IDIA Conference

Making ICT Research Locally Relevant

South Africa, Tshwane, Hennopsriver Valley
23-24 August 2018

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Conference venue

Hennopsriver Valley,
La'Wiida Lodge & Conference Centre,
South Africa

Keynote speaker

Making ICT Research Locally Relevant

Professor Geoff Walsham

Professor Emeritus of Management Studies (Information Systems)
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

1. Call for Papers

In a keynote at the 3rd IDIA conference, Ron Weber reflected on how our rhetoric can be sustained by the research findings we present: Is the field of ICT4D research still driven too much by rhetoric and not enough by rigor and have we been able to gain reasonable levels of consensus about the realities we face (Weber, 2009). As such, we believe that our review processes should not be divorced from what we seek to interrogate with our conference theme. We therefore invite papers that reflect on the local relevance of the research undertaken. Authors may argue for locally relevant ICT4D research in different ways, for example; they may argue for locally relevant practical contributions, theoretical contributions, or methodological contributions; papers may represent data-driven reasoning, indigenous theorizing or theory, local narratives or cases that offer nuanced descriptions of research realities or practice-led research; and so forth.

Making ICT Research Locally Relevant

2. Theme overview

There is still little consensus among scholars on what development means, who and what needs to be developed, and for what purpose. This raises fundamental questions about the future of Development Informatics research and brings to mind Geoff Walsham’s question, ‘Are we making a better world with technology?’ (Walsham, 2012). ICTs have not delivered on the promise of making a better world for all; and there is evidence that technology has increased inequality in many cases (Toyama, 2015). As such, the focus of the IDIA2018 conference is on Making ICT Research Locally Relevant. We seek to understand and respond to how politicians, NGOs, scholars, and citizens make sense of how ICTs can be used to improve the human condition. The predominant perspective is that ICTs can support the development, promotion and realization of a model of development that is holistic, inclusive, just and sustainable, which will lead to an appropriate quality of life for each individual on the planet. The 10th IDIA conference, however, offers an opportunity to look back, take stock and debate the way ahead. The future of ICT4D research lies in multidisciplinary interaction between researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers (Walsham, 2017). Therefore, the debate would not be complete without industry and government representation or without a renewed emphasis on quality research education. Inevitably, we ask questions about how to better understand these problems and challenges. However, the aim is to go beyond understanding, to also offer context-rich, evidence-based theories, methodologies or actionable guidance to researchers and practitioners on how the employment of ICTs can meet local needs sustainably and appropriately.

3. Calls

Call for Full Papers

Full Papers will be evaluated via double-blind peer review by a multidisciplinary panel. Full Papers will be evaluated according to their novel research contribution, methodological soundness, theoretical framing and reference to related work, quality of analysis, and quality of writing and presentation. Manuscripts considering novel designs, new technologies, project assessments, policy analyses, impact studies, theoretical contributions, social issues around ICT and development, and so forth will be considered. Well-analyzed results from which generalizable conclusions can be drawn are also sought. Authors are encouraged to address the diversity of approaches in their research by providing context, implications, and actionable guidance to researchers and practitioners beyond the authors’ primary domains.

Only original, unpublished, research papers in English will be considered. Papers must use the templates available on the submissions page, and must be no longer than 10 pages.

Submissions longer than 10 pages, not in the template format, not related to the conference themes, and/or not meeting a minimum bar of academic research writing will be rejected without full review. See requirements details.

Call for Workshops

Workshop date: 22 August 2017 Each workshop proposal (maximum 5 pages) must include:

Submission: Send workshop proposals in .pdf format to Marlien Herselman (MHerselman@csir.co.za).

Call for Postgraduate Symposium

Please note the co-located IFIP workshop for postgraduate students (see IFIP WG9.4 mds on 22 August 2018.

4. Publishing schedule

Abstracts and papers must be submitted to this email address:

IDIA2018 at developmentinformatics.org


9 April 2018 extended to 16 April 2018   Full papers submissions
(for blind peer review)
30 May 2018   Notification of acceptance
30 July 2018   Camera-ready papers deadline
22 August 2018   Workshops
2 February 2018   Workshops Proposals
2 April 2018   Notification to Presenters

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