Welcome to the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics web site, hosted at Indiana University Bloomington, in honor of the late Rob Kling. Our goal is to serve as a repository for activities, people, and opportunities related to the field of Social Informatics. Among its many activities, the Center supports a speaker series, Ph.D. minor, research support for faculty fellows, and travel support for doctoral students. Students interested in graduate studies in social informatics in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University may apply for the Masters in Information Science (MIS), the Ph.D. in Information Science, or the the Ph.D. in Informatics.
Pnina Fichman of the School of Informatics and Computing is the Director of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics. RKCSI is governed by an Advisory Committee comprised of faculty from various programs at Indiana University, who support the activities of the center, its Faculty Research Fellows and the Doctoral Group. Graduate students who are interested in Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington should consider joining the doctoral student group, sponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics. This group hosts both social and academic events to support students across departmental boundaries.
Social Informatics (SI) refers to the study of social aspects of computerization, including the role of information technology in social and organizational change, the use of information technologies in social contexts, and the way that the social organization of information technologies is influenced by social forces and social practices.