Human Service Information Technology Applications

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About HUSITA

This page contains the bylaws, goals and objectives, assumptions, and needs on which HUSITA is based.  It also list current board members and a link to the board election process.

HUSITA (HUman Services Information Technology Applications) is an international virtual association dedicated to promoting the ethical and effective use of IT to better serve humanity.  HUSITA's focus and expertise is situated at the intersection of three core domains: information technology, human services, and social development.  With an emphasis on human centeredness and social justice, HUSITA strives to promote international knowledge development, dissemination and transfer of technology within human services. It achieves this through multidisciplinary leadership in international conferences, publications, collaboration, and consultation directed particularly at IT applications and innovations that promote social betterment.   

HUSITA current services include a Web site and listserv for communications, a “calling cards” database for sharing ideas and experiences, and “Primers” for pulling together research and expertise on specialized topics.  Membership in HUSITA is free but requires you to share your experiences and expertise by registering with HUSITA “calling cards.”  For more information on the HUSITA organization, go to www.husita.org.   

HUSITA also has an Emeritus Membership category.  Currently Walter LaMendola and Brian Glanstonbury have been designated Emeritus members of HUSITA.

Current HUSITA board members and expiration terms are: Neil Ballantyne (2015), Klaus Bredl (2014), Randy Basham (2014), Derek Coursen (2016), Dale Fitch, Secretary (2015), Paul Freddolino (2014), Hein de Graaf (2014), Ann Lavan (2014), Robert MacFadden (2015), Gokul Mandayam (2016), Goutham Menon (2015), Gareth Morgan, Vice Chair (2016), Andrew Quinn, Treasurer (2016), Melanie Sage, (2015), Dick Schoech, Chair (2015), Yu Cheung Wong (2016).

Goals and Objectives

HUSITA is a virtual community that exists through the activities of its members.  Thus, the goals and vision of HUSITA are to network, serve, enable, empower, and enthuse its members in their efforts to use IT to serve humanity.   

A 1988 HUSITA formation meeting identified the following objectives of HUSITA.

  1. Facilitate international cooperation in human service technology.

  2. Collect and disseminate information on human service technology, including tackling the problems of language translation.

  3. Provide technical assistance in human service technology and encourage the involvement of countries with a less developed human service IT infrastructure.

  4. Stimulate international discussion on key human service technology issues and encourage position papers in areas such as security/privacy/confidentiality, curriculum content and teaching methods, and ethical issues in systems/software development and use.

  5. Encourage publications about human service information technology.

  6. Encourage international research efforts.

  7. Encourage standards for making human service technology culturally independent.

Assumptions

The 1988 HUSITA formation meeting developed the following assumptions.

  1. Enthusiasm for information technology applications will grow as awareness and familiarity with technology grows.

  2. There is a set of values and principles underlying human service technological developments.

  3. Human service technology must be under the control of the human service community.

  4. Those working with human service technology have important knowledge and ideas to offer both the general human service community and the information technology community, and both of these communities have much to offer us.  At present, the level of communication between these communities is inadequate.

  5. Human service technology cuts across cultural and national boundaries and those involved with its development and use have much in common and something to offer each other.

  6. It is desirable to strengthen and increase international, cross-cultural and multidisciplinary networks.

  7. The getting together of human service technology personnel from round the world has a synergistic effect.

Needs

The 1988 HUSITA formation meeting identified the needs and issues of those in the human service community who are concerned with information technology.  These needs and issues are listed below in the form of questions.

  1. Where do you get information on information technology e.g., how do we get education and training?

  2. How can information on technology be transferred from one user to another?

  3. How do I find and evaluate the information technology I need?

  4. How do you find out about people who are doing things in information technology?

  5. What are the processes one goes through when using technology, and how do I find out about them?

  6. How do I adapt information technology to my culture, language and value system, e.g., protect my values of security, privacy and confidentiality?

  7. How can we develop the knowledge to control our own information technology progress, without having to reinvent the wheel?

  8. How can I integrate professional values with information technology developments?

  9. How do we promote fellowship and support amongst the dispersed advocates of human service information technology?

  10. If we need a support system, what is the nature of that support system?

  11. How do we promote progress in less developed communities?

  12. How do we promote research in this subject?

  13. How do we promote coordination and continuity?

  14. How do we establish relevant multidisciplinary set-works, involving technologists and other service professionals?

  15. How do we identify the “somebody” when we say, “somebody needs to develop this”?

  16. How do we interface with users, whether direct service workers or clients?

  17. Do we need to help users handle the psychological stress and issues raised by computerization?

  18. What mechanisms will help us pursue this list of needs?

  19. How can we make judgments about the future of information and its impact?

 

HUSITA is a virtual association of human service professionals interested in promoting the ethical and effective use of IT to better serve humanity