About the Center

The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics (RKCSI) was established at Indiana University Bloomington to provide a central home for the emerging field of social informatics.

Mission

The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics is dedicated to supporting research into information technology and social change. Social Informatics (SI) refers to the body of research and study that examines the social aspects of computerization, including the role of information technology in social and organizational change, the uses of information technologies in social contexts, and the ways that the social organization of information technology is influenced by social forces and social practices. Social Informatics overlaps other areas including computer-mediated communication (CMC), information systems, information science, "Internet Research," and parts of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

The Center organizes seminars for faculty and graduate students, hosts visiting scholars, publishes a working paper series, provides listings of relevant conferences, activities, and journals.

History

The Center for Social Informatics (CSI) had its beginnings around 1996 when Rob Kling joined Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). Rob's sudden, unexpected death in 2003 put Center activities, and the future of Social Informatics as a field of study at Indiana University, on hold. Several faculty members, including some of Rob's proteges, stepped forward to continue Social Informatics research and teaching at IU. As their enthusiasm attracted new students with similar interests, the Center soon revived.

To honor Rob's memory, the Center was officially renamed the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics (RKCSI) in 2004 and the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) became a co-sponsor. Several schools and departments sponsor and support RKCSI activities, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the field.

Director

The Director of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics is Pnina Fichman of the School of Informatics and Computing.

Pnina Fichman

Director of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics

Associate Professor of Information Science

Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University
901 E. 10th St. Informatics West #302. Bloomington, IN 47408 (map)