The Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative (PICTDC)

The Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative (PICTDC) promotes the study of innovative scholarly and applied research and programs on the social and economic implications of information and communications technology in the Pacific region, emphasizing the potential uses of technology for social good, promotion of digital inclusiveness, sustainably improving the quality of life, and empowering public discourse on good governance.

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Social Q&A

The opportunities and dangers of increasing reliance on user-generated and user-vetted information souqarces require concerted study. To that end, Rich Gazan is Co-PI with Chirag Shah of Rutgers University on a 3-year, $491K Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to study online Q&A in STEM education, to develop and field test a Q&A module that will allow STEM learners to assess crowdsourced information alongside more traditionally authoritative sources.

The LINQ Forum

The Librarians’ Inquiry Forum (LINQ) is a practitioner-centric learning model that explores how reflective, critical inquiry implemented over social media positions public librarians as collaborative researchers of the impacts of their own professional practices on patrons, stakeholders, co-workers, themselves, and the community at-large.
linq-logomixed2 LINQ takes into consideration ways in which the interrelationship between technologies and social practices affect forms of knowledge co-construction amongst communities of practice. LINQ librarians “read while they work” as a means of studying the ways in which practice becomes data to be collected, examined, unpacked, and processed for knowledge creation for better best information services and professional leadership. For more information, see:


ICT Labs

Communication School Labs