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RE-ACT (social REpresentations of community multimedia centers and ACTions for improvement)

Applicant Cantoni Lorenzo
Number 131339
Funding scheme Resource not found: 'bd31932a-e257-46d9-9dba-079f6f2c77c6'
Research institution New Media in Education Laboratory (NewMinE) Facoltà di scienze della comunicazione Universita della Svizzera italiana
Institution of higher education Università della Svizzera italiana - USI
Main discipline Communication sciences
Start/End 01.09.2010 - 28.02.2014
Approved amount 464'254.00
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Keywords (8)

Action Research; Sustainability Issue; Community Multimedia Centers; Social Representations; Telecentres; ICT4D; CMC; Mozambique

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
RE-ACT joint research project will investigate conceptualizations of CMCs - Community Multimedia Centres - in Mozambique by representatives of initiating agencies, representatives of associations owning the CMC, local staff, users and people of the community who do not use CMC using the Social Representation construct. During the project a tool to study and analyze CMCs conceptualization will be developed and tested; furthermore the results of the above-mentioned analysis will be used to design and implement actions aimed at improving performances of the CMCs involved in the project. The same tool will be then used to measure the impact and effectiveness of improvement actions.In the RE-ACT project, 10 CMCs located all over the country will be involved; around 100 staff members will take part in the improvement actions with a benefit for the whole communities in which the CMCs is based.RE-ACT is run in collaboration by the Università della Svizzera italiana (NewMInE - New Media in Education Lab, which already has experiences in such research activities in developing areas) and the Universidad Eduardo Mondlane (the Department of Informatics and the Centre for African Studies), which is deeply involved in research and development efforts in the involved field.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Project partner

Publications

Publication
Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres
Vannini Sara (2014), Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland.
Co-design with communities. A reflection on the literature
David Salomao, Sabiescu Amalia Georgiana, Cantoni Lorenzo (2013), Co-design with communities. A reflection on the literature, in Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions. Proceedings of the 7th International Develo, Bangkok, Thailand.
Co-designed improvement actions in Mozambican Community Multimedia Centres
David Salomao, Rega Isabella, Vannini Sara (2013), Co-designed improvement actions in Mozambican Community Multimedia Centres, in Cantoni, Lorenzo, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Commitment, Proactivity and Trust: Ingredients for Successful Cooperation in Community Development Actions
David Salomao, Vannini Sara, Sabiescu Amalia Georgiana, Cantoni Lorenzo (2013), Commitment, Proactivity and Trust: Ingredients for Successful Cooperation in Community Development Actions, in Community Informatics Conference: Community Archives meets Community Informatics, Prato, Italy.
Exploring the Meanings of Community Multimedia Centers in Mozambique: A Social Representations Perspective.
Rega Isabella, Vannini Sara, Fino Emanuele, Cantoni Lorenzo (2013), Exploring the Meanings of Community Multimedia Centers in Mozambique: A Social Representations Perspective., in Information Technology and International Development, 9(4), 35-53.
Fictional Characters, Real Data: Personas depicting Staff and Users of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique
Aguirre Lucia, Vannini Sara, Rega Isabella, Cantoni Lorenzo (2013), Fictional Characters, Real Data: Personas depicting Staff and Users of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique, in IFIP WG 9.4: 12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countri, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Formal and Informal Learning Practices in Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique
Vannini Sara, Pucciarelli Marta, Rega Isabella (2013), Formal and Informal Learning Practices in Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique, in Annual Conference of the Swiss Society for Research in Education – SSRE 2013: Integrating formal a, Lugano, Switzerland.
Images of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: a participatory photo-elicitation study
Vannini Sara, Aguirre Lucia, Rega Isabella, Cantoni Lorenzo (2013), Images of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: a participatory photo-elicitation study, in IFIP WG 9.4: 12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countri, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Information and Communication Flows through Community Multimedia Centres: Perspectives from Mozambican Communities
Vannini Sara, Rega Isabella, Cantoni Lorenzo (2013), Information and Communication Flows through Community Multimedia Centres: Perspectives from Mozambican Communities, in Information Technology for Development, 1-14.
Motivations of non-use of telecentres: a qualitative study from Mozambique
Vannini Sara, Rega Isabella, Sala Simone, Cantoni Lorenzo (2013), Motivations of non-use of telecentres: a qualitative study from Mozambique, in Pre-ICIS Workshop of the AIS SIG on ICT & Global Development (GlobDev), Milan, Italy.
Participatory re-action: reflecting on a Design-Based Research approach in ICT4D
Van Zyl Izak, Vannini Sara (2013), Participatory re-action: reflecting on a Design-Based Research approach in ICT4D, in Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions. Proceedings of the 7th International Develo, Bangkok, Thailand.
Reasons of non-use: a study on Mozambican telecentres
Vannini Sara, Rega Isabella, Sala Simone, Cantoni Lorenzo (2013), Reasons of non-use: a study on Mozambican telecentres, in Public and private access to ICTs in developing regions. Proceedings of the 7th International Develo, Bangkok, Thailand.
Workshop: Methodologies for sense-making in community-based research.
Sabiescu Amalia, Vannini Sara, David Salomao, Cantoni Lorenzo, Halabi Ammar (2013), Workshop: Methodologies for sense-making in community-based research., in Community Archives meets Community Informatics, Prato, ItalyCIRN 2013 Community Informatics Conference: Community Archives meets Community Informatics, Prato, Italy.
Inbound and Outbound Information and Communication flows: Perspectives from Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique
Vannini Sara, Rega Isabella (2012), Inbound and Outbound Information and Communication flows: Perspectives from Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique, in Community Informatics Conference: ‘Ideals meet Reality’, Prato, Italy.
Using Photo-elicitation to Explore Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique
Vannini Sara, Rega Isabella, Sala Simone, Cantoni Lorenzo, Using Photo-elicitation to Explore Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique, in Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing countries.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
CAICC (Help Centre for CMCs and Community Radios) Mozambique (Africa)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
National Institute of Communication (INCM) Mozambique (Africa)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
TASCHA Group, Information School, University of Washington United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
CIRN 2013 Community Informatics Conference: Community Archives meets Community Informatics, Monash Centre Talk given at a conference Workshop: Methodologies for sense-making in community-based research 29.10.2013 Prato, Italy Vannini Sara;
Annual Conference of the Swiss Society for Research in Education – SSRE 2013 on Integrating formal and informal learning Talk given at a conference Formal and Informal Learning Practices in Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique 23.08.2013 Lugano, Switzerland Rega Isabella; Vannini Sara;
KFPE’s Annual Conference “How Research Partnerships with Developing Countries Contribute to Swiss Research and the Swiss Economy” Individual talk RE-ACT 22.10.2012 Bern, Switzerland Cantoni Lorenzo;
Mozambique Digital Conference Talk given at a conference Centros Multimedia Comunitarios Ontem, Hoje e o @manhã 14.09.2012 Maputo, Mozambique Rega Isabella;
IPID 7th International Annual Symposium Talk given at a conference Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: a Role-Play 05.09.2012 Kristiansand, Norway Vannini Sara;
IPID 7th International Annual Symposium Talk given at a conference Research design and design-oriented research: A path to tell stories from data 05.09.2012 Kristiansand, Norway Vannini Sara;
Computer Science & Information Technology conference Talk given at a conference The History of Community Multimedia in Mozambique 17.08.2012 Hyderabad,, India Rega Isabella;
TASCHA TALKs Individual talk PhD progresses on Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique 09.08.2012 University of Washington, Seattle, USA, United States of America Vannini Sara;
eRural Conference Talk given at a conference Centros Multimedia Comunitarios 11.07.2012 Maputo, Mozambique Rega Isabella;
11th International Conference on Social Representations - CIRS 2012 Talk given at a conference Social Representations of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique 25.06.2012 Evora, Portugal Cantoni Lorenzo; Vannini Sara; Rega Isabella;
ICTs, New Media and Social Change in Africa conference Talk given at a conference Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: blending new and old media. A photo-semiotic study 15.06.2012 Westminster, UK, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Rega Isabella; Cantoni Lorenzo; Vannini Sara;
ICTD2012 Talk given at a conference Photo Elicitation Techniques to Support Research Projects in the Communities 12.03.2012 Atlanta, USA, United States of America Rega Isabella; Cantoni Lorenzo; Vannini Sara;
Annual conference of the North-South Centre – ICT4D Individual talk Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: providing information access to rural communities 10.11.2011 Zurich, Switzerland Rega Isabella;
IPID 2011 Symposium Talk given at a conference Perspectives from Mozambican Community Multimedia Centres 11.09.2011 Lugano, Switzerland Vannini Sara;
IPID 2011 Symposium Talk given at a conference Community Multimedia Centres and actions for improvement in Mozambique 11.09.2011 Lugano, Switzerland Rega Isabella;
eLearning Africa 2011, Talk given at a conference How is Education fostered by PAVs and CMCs in Mozambique? 25.05.2011 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Vannini Sara;


Knowledge transfer events



Self-organised

Title Date Place
RE-ACT Final Dissemination Workshop 05.02.2014 Maputo, Mozambique
Workshop with CMC directors 24.04.2012 Maputo, Mozambique

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year

Awards

Title Year
Best presentation at IPID 2011 Symposium 2012
Best presentation at IPID 2012 Symposium 2011

Abstract

RE-ACT (social REpresentations of community multimedia centres and ACTions for improvement) joint research project will investigate conceptualizations of CMCs - Community Multimedia Centres - in Mozambique by representatives of initiating agencies, representatives of associations owning the CMC, local staff, users and people of the community who do not use CMC using the Social Representation construct. During the project a tool to study and analyze CMCs conceptualization will be developed and tested; furthermore the results of the above-mentioned analysis will be used to design and implement actions aimed at improving performances of the CMCs involved in the project. The same tool will be then used to measure the impact and effectiveness of improvement actions.In the RE-ACT project, 10 CMCs located all over the country will be involved; around 100 staff members will take part in the improvement actions with a benefit for the whole communities in which the CMCs is based.RE-ACT is run in collaboration by the Università della Svizzera italiana (NewMInE - New Media in EducationLab, which already has experiences in such research activities in developing areas) and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (the Department of Informatics and the Centre for African Studies), which is deeply involved in research and development efforts in the involved field.The project will start in September 2010 and will last 36 months, involving 1 PhD student from the Università della Svizzera italiana, 1 PhD student and 1 master students from the Universdade Eduardo Mondlane, 1 Post Doc from the Università della Svizzera italiana and 2 Senior Researchers from the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane.In order to collaborate in a shared working context, researchers exchanges are organized. At the beginning of the project a kick-off meeting is scheduled in Mozambique involving all the RE-ACT staff (M1). The Swiss PhD will stay 5 months in Maputo (M1-5) in order to understand the research context, and to co-work in the definition of the sample, in the protocol interview design and in the first round interviews running. Furthermore, at M10 the Mozambique RE-ACT team will come to Switzerland to foster research collaboration. The Mozambican PhD student will stay in Switzerland for 5 months (M10-M14) to be able to attend PhD courses at the Università della Svizzera italiana. To support and tightly collaborate in the designing and implementation of improvement actions for bettering CMC performances the Swiss staff will go to Mozambique during the design phase of improvement actions at M14. During the third year the Mozambican PhD student will travel to Switzerland to discuss RE-ACT preliminary results, to perform an intermediate evaluation of the activities going on in the 10 CMCs selected for the project, to intervene in the first dissemination workshop to be held in Lugano, and to attend another semester of PhD courses at the Università della Svizzera italiana (M27-M32). Furthermore, at the end of the project (M36) a final workshop will be held in Maputo to present RE-ACT results to practitioners, researchers and donors interested in the topic to which the Swiss team will participate.The results of the research will be mainly disseminated through workshops, conferences, publications and through 2 dissemination workshops, one to be held in Lugano at M27 and one in Maputo at M36.
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