Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

Filtering by Category: Technology

Media Burn - Digitizing and Access to the Chicago Collection of Historical Videotapes

As part of an on-going partnership between the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) and the Media Burn Archive, videotapes from the Chicago Collection of the Media Burn Archive were preserved, digitized, and made available online at The project created access to videotapes of critical historical importance both to Loyola’s academic programs and to the wider community of scholars, students, filmmakers, and community groups.
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Evaluation of the Wireless Community Network: Transforming Vision into Action

This report describes the process of creating and implementing a wireless network in four unique community settings and the impact of the wireless network upon the anchor/partner organization and community residents (end-users). In addition, the research data was used to help create a business model for sustaining the wireless network.
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Every Block a Village (EBVOnline) Evaluation

The Every Block a Village Online (EBVOnline) program received Telecommunication and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) funding to use Web TV technology to organize and inform the community about health related issues. CURL guided the participatory evaluation of this process. The team developed baseline measures, participated in leadership training, and assessed the project’s progress.
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Inroads to Technology: Evening the Playing Field for the 21st Century

The Policy Research Action Group (PRAG), a now retired portion of CURL, established the Community Access to Technology Working Group to explore community access and training with regards to technology in the context of universal access within the city of Chicago. Additionally, the group sought to find out how technology resources are distributed in Chicago with particular emphasis on access at community centers, schools and libraries. The group’s final report outlines the numbers and findings of the availability of technology across the city.
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