Prato 2014 Conference

"Challenges and Solutions"

11th Prato CIRN Conference October 13-15 2014, Monash Centre, Prato Italy

Special Workshop October 16: RDF and the Archival Multiverse

Conference Theme

Community Informatics is primarily concerned with improving the well-being of people and their communities through more effective use of ICTs. Community Informatics foregrounds social change and transformative action in emergent social-technical relationships rather than prediction and control. This orientation also has much in common with Community Archiving.

Community-centric archival research, education and practice are concerned with empowering communities in support of such desirable objectives as democracy, human and civil rights, self-determination, sustainable development, and social inclusion. Recordkeeping and archiving are fundamental infrastructural components supporting community information, self-knowledge and memory needs, thus contributing to resilient communities and cultures and supporting reconciliation and recovery in the aftermath of conflict, oppression and trauma.

Conference Papers/PDFs for all themes via this link.

Conference Program

In addition to the keynotes, there was a combination of interactive panel presentations, a PhD colloquium, poster sessions, in-depth workshops and plenaries with the aim of provoking as much discussion and interactivity as possible. See the conference program.

Special Workshop October 16:Archival Access and the Resource Description Framework (RDF)

The Workshop, presented by Mirna Willer (University of Zagreb) and Gordon Dunsire (consultant) was to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to gain a deep understanding of RDF. It focussed on addressing the following challenge: Can RDF sufficiently express or capture the contingencies and nuances arising from a glocal and pluralized framing of archival access?

Conference Chairs

  • Manuela Farinosi, Univ of Udine, Italy
  • Andrew Flinn, University College London
  • Anne Gilliland, UCLA
  • Tom Denison, Monash University
  • Sue McKemmish, Monash University
  • Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, Netherlands
  • Amalia Sabiescu,Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Larry Stillman, Monash University
  • Nicola Strizzolo, Univ. of Udine, Italy


  • Patricia Arnold, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Fiorella de Cindio, University of Milan, Italy
  • Mike Arnold, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Ann Bishop, Univ. of Illinois, USA
  • Gunilla Bradley, Royal Institute of Tech., Sweden
  • Wallace Chigona, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Barbara Craig, Victoria Univ. of Wellington, NZ
  • Vesna Dolnicar, University of Lubljana, Slovenia
  • Alison Elliot, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Manuela Farinosi, University of Udine, Italy
  • Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
  • Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Marlien Herselman, Meraka Institute, CSIR, South Africa
  • Sarai Lastra, Turabo Univ., Puerto Rico
  • Mike Martin, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Harekrishna Misra,Institute of Rural Management, Anand India
  • TJ McDonald, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Mauro Sarrica, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
  • Douglas Schuler, The Public Sphere Project, The Evergreen State College, USA
  • Eduardo Villanueva Mansilla, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Steve Thompson, Teesside University, UK
  • Will Tibben, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Janet Toland, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
  • Emiliano Trere,Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México
  • Gilson Schwartz, Univ. São Paulo, Brazil
  • Andy Williamson, Future Digital, UK
  • Peter Day, University of Brighton,UK
  • Martin Wolske, University of Illinois, USA


  • Larry Stillman, Monash University
  • Amalia Sabiescu,Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Sara Vanini, Università della Svizzera italiana

Refereeing Statement

  • The Conference Proceedings contains referred, non-refereed and PhD colloquium papers from the conference and has been prepared for your convenience. Only documents provided by authors have been published.
  • Papers and presentations are published, ‘as is', in a pdf format, after refereeing or other advice. Powerpoints or posters that have been made available have been published as PDFs.
  • Some papers are not published upon the request of the author or they were not received for final publication.
  • All full papers in the refereed category were subject to blind peer review by at least two reviewers, and  reviewers' comments returned to the authors. Authors were then required to make changes and if necessary, a further review conducted by the peer review co-chairs before final approval.
  • This is a publication (E1) for a conference publication for Australian participants.
  • Challenges and Solutions.  CIRN Prato Conference 2014.  Eds, Larry Stillman, Tom Denison, Misita Anwar, Centre for Community and Social Informatics, Faculty of IT, Monash University. ISBN: 978-0-9874652-3-8