White Papers

Download the white paper in Portuguese "Centros Multimédia Comunitários em Moçambique: um mapa" from this page!

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Download the white paper in Italian "La Comunicazione Online delle Organizzazioni Non Governative della Svizzera italiana: uno studio sulle ONG della FOSIT" from this page!

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Welcome to the NewMinE Lab!

The New Media in Education Laboratory, NewMinE Lab for short, is a research and development laboratory of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Call for Articles “Social Representations, ICTs and Community Empowerment”
September 10th, 2014

Call for Articles for a Special Section of Semiotica, the Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies on the theme of “Social Representations, ICTs and Community Empowerment”.

Special Issue’s Editors
Dr. Sara Vannini, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano, Switzerland)
Dr. Isabella Rega, Bournemouth University (Bournemouth, UK)
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Cantoni, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano, Switzerland)

This special section will provide an overview of the use of Social Representations Theory (SRT) (Moscovici, 1961), for
empowering local communities, with a specific focus on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs),
such as the Internet, desktop and mobile devices, radios, etc.
SRT has been extensively contributing to reflection on the appropriation of information and communication technologies,
as well as on empowering communities. Yet, few studies explore the intersection of the three domains altogether.
Articles on a range of issues surrounding applications of SRT, ICTs and empowering communities (especially in
developing/emerging regions) are welcome for submission. Articles lengths are expected to be 7000 to 9000 words,
including references.
We welcome articles presenting literature reviews, theoretical and methodological issues, as well as case and
comparative studies.

Examples on topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Reflections on the use of the theory within developing contexts and ICT4D/community informatics interventions
  • Data generation methods for research on social representations within the given domains
  • Comparisons among social groups’ conceptualizations of ICTs in developing contexts
  • ICTs-mediated social representations of disadvantaged communities
  • Case studies applying SRT to ICT4D research and practice
  • Case studies applying SRT to community informatics research and practice
  • Use of social representations to inform governments, policy makers, donors, and practitioners

This thematic issue covers areas of high interest to the academic community interested in semiotics, meaning making, and
social representations. Results are like to be interesting also for practitioners and policy makers.

Submission Procedure
Interested researchers are invited to submit an abstract proposal (word file) of about 500 words via e-mail.
Abstracts should be accompanied by the following information about each of the authors:
– Name
– Position
– Affiliation
– Contact Information

The deadline for abstracts submission is November 21st, 2014.
Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by December 12th, 2014.
Full articles are expected to be submitted by April 18th, 2015.
All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis, and results of the review process will be notified
within the month of June 2015.
Final articles have to be re-submitted by August 28th, 2015.
The publication of the special issue is foreseen for mid 2016.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to:
Dr. Sara Vannini
Università della Svizzera italiana, (USI Lugano, Switzerland)

The call can be downloaded from this link

UNESCO Summer School IDEAL Tourism 2014
September 8th, 2014

The NewMinE Lab co-organized and collaborated to the success of the first edition of the Summer School IDEAL Tourism – Information and communication technologies for promotion and development of sustainable tourism around cultural and natural destinations. The case of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites -, which has taken place from August 25 till September 5, 2014 at Università della Svizzera italiana.

Twenty-three persons – academics and professionals – were involved from Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, Switzerland, Uganda, and the UK.

Thank you very much to everyone for the success of this important event!



The role of e-Learning applications within the tourism sector
July 28th, 2014

Special issue of the eLearn Center Research Paper Series – 8 (2014) on the role of e-Learning applications within the tourism sector has been just issued.

This special issue is a result of the workshop “Role of e-Learning applications  within the tourism and hospitality sector” which was held in October 2013 in Barcelona (Spain). The workshop has been supported by IFITT (International Federation for IT and Travel and Tourism).

Special issue was coordinated by Oriol Miralbell (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain), Lorenzo Cantoni (Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland) and Nadzeya Kalbaska (Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland).


The articles are fully available for download online

Table of Contents

O. Miralbell, L. Cantoni, and N. Kalbaska. The role of e-learning applications within the tourism sector, pp. 04-05.

L. Villarejo, F. González-Reverté, O. Miralbell, and J. M. Gomis. Introducing Augmented Reality in Cultural Heritage Studies, pp. 06-14.

M. Iglesias-Xamaní. Digital technologies and foreign language learning in tourism studies, pp. 15-26.

A. Adukaite, N. Kalbaska, and L. Cantoni. E-learning on tourism destinations. The case of Ticino Switzerland Travel Specialist course, pp. 27-34.

N. Kalbaska. National Tourism Organizations’ online training offer. Switzerland Travel Academy Case Study, pp. 35-44.

M. De Rose, E. Marchiori, N. Kalbaska, and L. Cantoni. Independent e-learning offers in Tourism and Hospitality. In search of a map and possible quality indicators. pp.45-55.

O. Miralbell. Social networking sites and collaborative learning in tourism, pp. 56-67.

DIETA2014: Two working (and amazing!) days in Armeno!
July 10th, 2014

This year the DIETA – the traditional annual event involving the NewMinE Lab, eLab, Webatelier, and Unesco Chair USI – took place in Armeno (Italy), a few steps away from the beautiful Orta Lake, from 8 to 9 july .

As usual the Dieta has been an occasion for intra-labs and inter-lab intellectual collaboration, brainstorming of ideas and presentation of future projects and research strategies.