Encyclopedia of Developing Regional Communities with Information and Communication Technology


Welcome to the Website of the

Encyclopedia of Developing Regional Communities with Information and Communication Technology

Edited by:

Professor Stewart Marshall, Professor Wal Taylor & Professor Xinghuo Yu


Call for Authors to Contribute Short Articles for this New Publication

The "call for articles" for this new Encyclopedia is now closed. Further details about the Encyclopedia are given on this site, including a draft Table of Contents.

The Encyclopedia is scheduled for publishing by Idea Group Reference (an imprint of Idea Group Inc.) in 2005. Publication and purchase details can be found at the publisher's website at:



Overall Coverage and Focus of the Publication

Regional economies and communities are facing increasing economic, social and cultural hardship in many parts of the world as economies adjust to the demands of the new orders of commerce and governance. A part of this is the paradox that regional economies and communities can be either enhanced or disadvantaged by information and communication technologies (ICT) products and services. The potential enhancement comes from the increased social, economic and cultural capital which comes from harnessing ICT products and services in a community sense. The disadvantage comes from the power that ICT products and services have in centralizing commerce, service provision and governance away from the regional community.

This Encyclopedia covers the theoretical, thematic and country specific issues of using ICT to develop the social, economic and cultural capital in regional communities around the world. It also provides very practical information on hard and soft technologies for practitioners in the field of community development.

Further Information for Contributors

Below the title of this page, you will find links to various documents that should assist you in identifying the topic(s) of your choice and also helping you in preparing your final submission for this publication.

All inquires and submissions should be sent to: