The Faculty of Informatics and Communication, Central Queensland University is pleased to announces  ITiRA Information Technology in Regional Areas Conference 2001: Using Informatics to transform regions to be held at Central Queensland University Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia 5-7 September 2001

Conference Chair, Professor Stewart Marshall, Dean

The theme of the Conference is to examine research and applications in the use of Information Technology in Regional Areas. Current experience indicates that regional areas are lagging behind cities in the adoption of IT and that there are specific issues relating to the use of IT in regions. The conference follows the successful Get Smart 2000 Conference held in Rockhampton in December 2000.



ITiRA will include a mixture of refereed papers as well as non-refereed case studies and applications. Whilst seeking papers in the broad arena of IT in regions, ITiRA will have the following major themes:

"Community Informatics"

Track Chairs: Wal Taylor/Stewart Marshall



"IT for Regional Health"

Track Chair: Evelyn Hovenga



"IT for Regional Media and Communication"

Track Chair: Alan Knight



"IT for Regional Industry and e-Economy"

Track Chair: Rod Jewell/Greg Whymark/Xinghuo Yu



"IT for Regional Education and Training"

Track Chair: Kevin Tickle



Each track will consist of a keynote address, refereed papers, support case studies and applications.

The conference is designed to attract Researchers, Policymakers, Community Leaders, IT Project Leaders, Funders, Government Officials and Regional Community Development Groups.


Papers can be submitted to either the refereed Research Papers Section or the Case Study and Applications Section.

Normal Research Papers will be up to 20 pages double spaced or a maximum of 6000 words. Case studies and applications can be considerably shorter.

Support papers will describe research, case studies and practical papers around the keynote addresses as well as applications of Internet Technologies in geo-communities.


Important Dates:

Abstracts, panel proposals and expressions of interest 5 May 2001

Paper submission 15 June 2001

Notification of Acceptance 13 July 2001

Camera Ready Copy due 10 August 2001


Further information about contributions for ITiRA contact the respective track chairs in the first instance.

For general information on the conference contact