Information & Networking for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) may not be palpable, yet it is broad reaching while spanning cultures and has been handed down throughout the history of humankind. It is also the living heritage that represents diverse cultural expressions and has been the mainspring of community identity and community spirit throughout humanity. […]

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Using Digital Storytelling to Capture Responses to the Apology

Abstract This article discusses a pilot project that adapted the methods of digital storytelling and oral history to capture a range of personal responses to the official Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples delivered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 13 February 2008. The project was an initiative of State Library […]

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Connecting Communities & the Environment through Media: …Along Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways

With the proliferation of global information and communications technologies (ICT), the concept of community no longer has geographical limitations. Yet, from ecological and social perspectives, connecting people and communities to their immediate environment is now more urgent than ever. In this paper we show how an Indigenous led initiative reaches […]

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Indigenous Language Revitalization: Encouragement, Guidance & Lessons Learned

The contents of Indigenous Language Revitalization come from the 14th and 15th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages conferences. Our subtitle, Encouragement, Guidance & Lessons Learned, comes from Darrell Kipp’s 2008 keynote address. We would like to thank Margaret Noori for making the 14th annual symposium “Working Together We Can Bring Back the […]

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A Digital Shift: Youth and ICT for Development Best Practices

A publication of the GAID Committee of eLeaders for Youth and ICT, In collaboration with TakingITGlobal and the Youth Unit of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. This publication was done with two purposes in mind. The first is to showcase the efforts of individuals and groups who are inspiring a […]

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Development Matters 2007-2010

Development Matters, a monthly development update from the DHAN Collective that was published between 2007 and 2010, provides readers with a glimpse of the progress made through various programmes and themes of the DHAN Collective throughout India. Each issue features highlights such as voices from the grassroots level, community in […]

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Impact assessment of ICT-for-development projects: a compendium of approaches

Billions of US dollars are invested each year by the public, NGO and private sectors in information-and-communication-technologies-for-development (ICT4D) projects such as telecentres, village phone schemes, e-health and e-education projects, egovernment kiosks, etc. Yet we have very little sense of the effect of that investment. Put simply, there is far too […]

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iGUIDE – ICTD Resources in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area

The iGUIDE: ICTD Resources in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area is the first-ever comprehensive resource directory of local ICTD initiatives. Its easy-to-use listings of vital information about ICTD organizations and ICTD funders will serve as a valuable resource for ICTD practitioners, not only in Silicon Valley and […]

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M4D Overview: an Introduction to Mobile Phones for Development

M4D Overview 1.0 – the 2009 introduction to mobile for development describes and discusses how mobile devices are used in the developing world to enable economic and technological growth in developing countries. The report presents a broad overview of various reports and studies, ranging from United Nations organisations to reports […]

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Poverty in Focus – Indigenising Development

Among the many social groups that have been historically excluded, indigenous peoples comprise one that offers great challenges to development. Although their assimilation has been a goal of the national societies that engulfed them, it is disputable whether indigenous peoples desire the type of social inclusion that development, in its […]

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Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Peoples

Traditional knowledge is an important element of the intellectual and cultural heritage of indigenous peoples. It reflects their social and historical identity and significantly contributes to the future well-being and sustainable development of these peoples. In 2007, the L’auravetl’an Information & Education Network of Indigenous Peoples (LIENIP) organized a series […]

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The ICT4D 2.0 Manifesto: Where Next for ICTs and International Development?

ICT4D – the application of information and communication technologies for international development – is moving to a new phase. This will require new technologies, new approaches to innovation and implementation, new intellectual perspectives and, above all, a new view of the world’s poor. All these must be understood if we […]

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Encountering Development Ethnographically

HCI for Development (HCI4D) lies at the intersection of Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and Human-computer Interaction (HCI). The mainstream HCI community creates user experiences for the developed-world consumer, while ICT4D is concerned about creating relevant technologies for developing nations. Their fusion—HCI4D—evolved and re-aligned goals to design user experiences […]

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Ubicomp4D: Infrastructure and interaction for international development – the case of urban Indian slums

This paper attempts to re-imagine ubiquitous computing for populations in low-income and information-challenged environments. We examine information infrastructures in mid-sized urban slums of Mumbai and Bangalore in three ways—1) highlighting technologies supporting social networks, 2) examining underlying notions of trust and privacy in building information networks, and 3) discussing protocols […]

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Why it is Hard to Identify Technical Research Problems in ICT4D and How to Make it Easier

My position is that a shortage of detailed and compelling problem statements is the primary bottleneck that prevents most computer scientists from conducting research in ICT4D. While interesting problems exist, they are usually discovered via months of fieldwork, and there is little incentive to formalize and disseminate problems for the […]

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GINKS: ICT4D Seminars and Fora

GINKS as part of its activity organize regular ICT4D Seminars and Fora based on our thematic areas (ICT and Education, ICT and Health, ICT and Youth, ICT and Gender and ICT and Agric). These activities are knowledge sharing events aim at educating and motivating best practices so far as ICT4D […]

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ICT World Today

ICT World Today is a journal on Information and Communication Technology for Development developed by the Korea Information Society Development Institute with support from APCICT. Note: seems to have been in production for only two years (2009-2010). Aims & Scope To contribute to developing the overall economies, enhancing the quality […]

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StoryBank: Mobile Digital Storytelling in a Development Context

A paper by David M. Frohlich, Dorothy Rachovides, Kiriaki Riga, Ramnath Bhat, Maxine Frank, Eran Edirisinghe, Dhammike Wickramanayaka, Matt Jones and Will Harwood (2009) Abstract Mobile imaging and digital storytelling currently support a growing practice of multimedia communication in the West. In this paper we describe a project which explores […]

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Video Communication Roadblocks Facing Remote Indigenous Communities

Abstract For Canada’s remote and rural communities, video communications provide a vital lifeline. This article discusses the challenges for video communications in remote and rural First Nation (Indigenous) communities. Central to our analysis are social and technical issues as well as the ICT experiences of community-based organizations and community members. […]

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New Media and Self-Determination: Publicly Made and Accessible Video and Remote and Rural First Nation Communities

Abstract This working paper explores the potential for New Media to provide a means for members of remote and rural First Nations communities to challenge problematic mainstream representations of First Nations identity. Video on public access sites such as YouTube and Google Video, as well as on websites that act […]

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ICTs and the spread of indigenous knowledge

At first glance, the relationship between indigenous knowledge and the Internet seems fraught. Indigenous knowledge provides a distinct set of beliefs, practices and representations avidly tied to place; the internet lauds itself for erasing boundaries and borders. On one hand, the traditions encapsulated in indigenous knowledge are culturally unique, using […]

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Heritage Education for Sustainable Development: Dialogue with Indigenous Communities in Africa

As the twenty-first century gets into gear, it is clear that the defining characteristic of our era is that of climate insecurity. The United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 14th Conference of Parties in Poznań, Poland held in December 2008 ended with a stalemate in north-south talks on how […]

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Reconnecting urban and remote communities via new technologies

Abstract The aim of Ara Irititja is to bring back home, manage and preserve materials of cultural and historical significance to Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people (Anangu). These include photographs, films, sound recordings, art works and documents from cultural institutions and individuals. Ara Irititja has designed a purpose-built computer archive that […]

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Digital Memories: Exploring Critical Issues

This publication is available through the Inter-Disciplinary Press(many good things there – definitely worth checking out). Contents Introduction Anna Maj and Daniel Riha Part I: Theories and Concepts in Digitizing Individual and Community Memory The Trouble with Memory: Reco(r)ding the Mind in Code Laura Schuster (New) Media and Representations of the […]

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Digitised Indigenous Knowledge in Cultural Heritage Organisations in Australia & New Zealand

Abstract This research project investigates the digital collections from selected heritage organisations, exploring how and if the rights of Indigenous peoples are being protected by policy and protocol documents on the Web. It surveys selected heritage collections across Australia and New Zealand and explores digital collection policies at local and […]

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