Community informatics, which focuses on the design and implementation of information and communications technologies for and within localised communities, is an emerging discipline area.
In recent years, Monash University has developed considerable expertise in this field; two of the book's editors, Dr Tom Denison and Dr Larry Stillman, are researchers in the Monash Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics in the Faculty of Information Technology.
This collection combines theoretical exploration with detailed case studies as it examines how social order is mediated through these technologies, and considers their general effects on community and cohesion, class and power, and personal and social psychology.
Writer in a Valley is the compelling story of Jean Galbraith (1906–99), one of Australia's most influential botanists and writers on nature, plants and gardens.
As a garden writer, she was notable for spreading knowledge of Australian flora and encouraging the cultivation of native plants in home gardens. As a botanist, she wrote accessible field guides to Australian wildflowers that made a vital contribution to the conservation of native plants.
Galbraith conveyed the wonders of nature to generations of children through her child-centred stories of adventures in the natural world. Her nature writing evoked the spirit of places she knew well and introduced readers to the beauty of the Australian bush.
Former political prisoner Putu Oka Sukanta is the editor of this collection of accounts from people around the archipelago who experienced the 1965 violence in Indonesia.
Fifteen witnesses from Medan, Palu, Kendari, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Bali, Kupang and Sabu Island share their stories of how they navigated this horrifying period of Indonesian history and how they have lived with this past.
The lives of ordinary people – teachers, artists, women's rights activists, police – were turned upside down when attacks began on those considered to be supporters of the Communist Party of Indonesia. These accounts, including one from a perpetrator who is now tormented by guilt, and survivors who still feel isolated and rejected by society, show how the violence continues to influence Indonesian society.