Constructing Sustainable Digital Learning Environments for Remote Rural Children of Sarawak

In the late 70s, a US television program for children called the Big Blue Marble aired on a Malaysian local television channel and it provided children in the country the opportunity to learn about the lives and activities of children from other parts of the world. There was also a […]

Indigenous Knowledge Management in the Kelabit community in E. Malaysia: insights & reflections for contemporary KM design

Knowledge audits and assessment help organisations to identify the status of knowledge processes and develop strategies to manage their knowledge-based assets. The structure of Indigenous Knowledge Management Systems (IKMS) is different from the organisation’s Knowledge Management (KM) systems and mainly based on the tacit and implicit knowledge forms. Hence, the […]

Exploring Respectful Design Directions for Indigenous Communities

Projects focusing on preserving cultural heritage are most usually instigated by a researcher. Yet, the question arises ‘whether such projects are beneficial for the studied communities?’ This paper describes the first part of a co-reflective, design research case study exploring through design the dynamics of the disappearance of culture heritage. […]

Empathic Negotiations through Material Culture: Co-designing and Making Digital Exhibits

This article introduces a case study undertaken in the indigenous Penan community of Long Lamai, Upper Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia. In this community, there is concern about the negative image other cultural groups hold of the Penan. This case study explores co-design as a means to invite community members, together with […]

FOTool: Modeling Indigenous Community Cultures in Sarawak

Formal-Object Tool (FOTool) is a software modelling approach that integrates formal specification and object oriented model. FOTool integrates the rigour of formal methods and the ease of use of OO techniques. The idea of FOTool is to provide an easy interface by allowing the application developer to develop the software […]

Introducing Indigenous Knowledge Governance into ICT-based Indigenous Knowledge Management Systems

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Indigenous Knowledge Management (IKM) have been designed using the conventional approach of creating and manipulating databases of knowledge. This typical approach of IKM generates the issues of indigenous knowledge governance, de-contextualisation and data manipulation. Hence, the main research question of this study is “How […]

UNIMAS team experiments with community mapping

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) is no stranger to rural ICT4D projects in Malaysia. Known best for their award-winning eBario project, a remote telecenter that brought internet to the indigenous highlands of Borneo in the late 90s, UNIMAS has a long, successful track-record of participatory community development projects. An article in […]

The Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics (CoERI)

In December 2010, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak approved the formation of the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovation (ISITI). The Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics (CoERI) which was previously anchored at the Faculty of Computer Science and IT, is now anchored at ISITI. In 1999 UNIMAS launched eBario project […]

The eBario project and their vision for Indigenous people and ICT

eBario Sdn Bhd operates the eBario project, which is a multi-award winning initiative that brought computers and the internet to the isolated communities of Kelabit people living in the remote highlands of northern Sarawak, one the East Malaysian States on the island of Borneo. It is located in the ecologically important area known […]