The University of Pittsburgh’s Community Informatics Research Group (CIRG) is a cross-disciplinary, highly collaborative teaching and research initiative concerned with information challenges in the nonprofit and civil society sectors. Our faculty and student researchers use qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how community organizations and agencies use information systems and services to carry out their work. We also co-create new digital tools, systems, and processes for helping community organizations and agencies with their mission-related activities. The bulk of our current research concentrates on bringing faculty and students from the School of Information Sciences into closer conversation with local nonprofit cultures, and with underserved and under-resourced populations in Pittsburgh. Donor databases, volunteer tracking systems, telephone hotlines, crisis management procedures, nonprofit gaming, digital tool creation, capacity and infrastructure issues, staff training, technical troubleshooting…these are just some of the topics and issues that CIRG researchers tackle through individual and team-based inquiry that advances the social and information sciences, as well as contributes directly to society.
News and Updates:
December 2014: Students in Rosta Farzan’s “Social Computing” course will be holding a poster session on December 11th (6pm, 3rd Floor of the IS Building). Featured projects include a new social platform for local artists and a new digital bulletin board system for the School of Information Sciences. The poster session is open to everyone!
December 2014: Course enrollment for the Spring 2015 term has begun. For those students interested in careers in the nonprofit sector, Brian Beaton will be re-offering his “Community Knowledge Practices” course on Tuesdays afternoons (3pm). Click here for more details and information about other new courses at the iSchool.
November 2014: The next “I Made It!” market will be held on Nov. 28-29 at 623 Smithfield Street. The market will feature 80+ local artists.
November 2014: Yu-Ru Lin received an Honorable Mention for her co-authored paper at IEEE VIST 2014, “#FluxFlow: Visual Analysis of Anomalous Information Spreading on Social Media.” Congratulations, Yu-Ru!
November 2014: Amelia Acker won the ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award at ASIS&T 2014 in Seattle. Congratulations, Amelia!
November 2014: The iSchool has announced new certificates in Big Data Analytics and Security Assured Information Systems. Read more here.
November 2014: Brian Beaton is participating in the TechnoScience Salon on “Citizen Science” (Nov. 14, Toronto). His talk is entitled: “When a Scientist Turns to ‘Citizens’ to Help Activate Her Evidence What Are Some of the Effects on the Scientist and Her Work?” Click here for more details: Technoscience Salon.
November 2014: The Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology is bringing Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University) to campus in November. Suchman will be delivering the 2014 Annual SFI Lecture on Nov. 6th. Click here for more details: http://sarafineinstitute.org/