Digital Storytelling – Using a Participatory Approach

Spider ICT4D Seminar: Digital Storytelling – Using a Participatory Approach from SPIDERCENTER on Vimeo. Storytelling is an ancient human activity. In many cultures, people use stories to make sense of their world and to pass knowledge on to future generations, parents teach their children values and understanding of the world […]

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Summit Addresses Indigenous Digital Divide in Australia

This post, written by Ethnos Curator Rachael Petersen, originally appeared on the Rising Voices website.  Online heritage databases, an indigenous app to connect peoples worldwide, a network of recycled digital devices, and an Aboriginal digital social enterprise are just some of the responses to the focus of a recent summit […]

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Culturally Situated Design Tools: Ethnocomputing from Field Site to Classroom

Abstract Ethnomathematics is the study of mathematical ideas and practices situated in their cultural context. Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs) are web-based software applications that allow students to create simulations of cultural arts—Native American beadwork, African American cornrow hairstyles, urban graffiti, and so forth—using these underlying mathematical principles. This article is […]

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Boundaries and accountabilities in computer-assisted ethnobotany

Designing software alongside ethnobotanists, and Indigenous owners and practitioners of traditional knowledge brings to light a range of issues which expose some of the assumptions underlying both western ethnobotany, and software design. Collaborating over the development of software to facilitate the use of digital objects in knowledge work, issues of […]

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Designing Digital Knowledge Management Tools with Aboriginal Australians

The paper describes an approach to digital design grounded in processes of Indigenous collective memory making. We claim the research should be understood as performative knowledge making, and accounting it should also be performative. Accordingly we present four texts generated in the course of our research as an exhibit. They […]

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Being Human: Human-Computer Interaction in the year 2020

“The question persists and indeed grows whether the computer will make it easier or harder for human beings to know who they really are, to identify their real problems, to respond more fully to beauty, to place adequate value on life, and to make their world safer than it now […]

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Culturally Situated Design Tools

While solutions to the “digital divide” are often imagined as a one-way bridge, there are a variety of ways in which we can create a two-way bridge alternative. Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs) use information technology to “translate” from local knowledge and low-tech practice, to high-tech domains such as math, […]

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African Fractals, Virtual Bead Looms, and other Culturally Situated Design Tools

Culturally Situated Design Tools While solutions to the “digital divide” are often imagined as a one-way bridge, there are a variety of ways in which we can create a two-way bridge alternative. Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs) use information technology to “translate” from local knowledge and low-tech practice, to high-tech […]

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Open Source Native Language App Code

Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. is releasing their App code for free The following text is from the Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. website: Would you like your own Aboriginal language app for the iPad, iPhone or Touch? Your language app can look like Ojibway – People and Language iPhone app Build your own […]

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Ogoki Learning Systems Releases Open Source Native Language App Code

Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. is releasing their App code for free The following text is from the Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. website: Would you like your own Aboriginal language app for the iPad, iPhone or Touch? Your language app can look like Ojibway – People and Language iPhone app Build your own […]

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Invisibility and the Ethics of Digitalisation: Designing So As Not To Hurt Others

Abstract The diversity of knowledge is crucial for finding credible and sustainable alternatives for living together. Yet, a preoccupation with content and connectivity obscures the role of information technology in making invisible different ways of knowing and other logics and experiences. How to deal with diversity and difference in information […]

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Why to be Wary of “Design for Developing Countries”

I was forwarded a copy of this article a few years ago by a colleague – and just thought of it again recently. Thankfully, I was able to find a link to it from Dr. Donaldson’s Stanford website. Excerpt There are thoughtful debates on “design and development” versus “design for […]

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IKRMNA: Making Collective Memories with Computers

This post contains abstracts and links to a selection of papers written about Indigenous Knowledge and Resource Management in Northern Australia (IKRMNA). From their website: IKRMNA was a three year 2003-2006 ARC Linkage Project to support and develop Indigenous databases that maintain and enhance the strength of local languages, cultures […]

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Indigenous Knowledge & Resource Management in Northern Australia (IKRMNA)

Indigenous Knowledge and Resource Management in Northern Australia (IKRMNA) was a three year 2003-2006 ARC Linkage Project to support and develop Indigenous databases that maintain and enhance the strength of local languages, cultures and environments in Northern Australia. The project was coordinated through the School of Australian Indigenous Knowledge Systems […]

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Indigenous Language Usage in a Digital Library: He Hautoa Kia Ora Tonu Ai

Abstract The research described in this thesis examines indigenous language usage in a digital library environment that has been accessed via the Internet. By examining discretionary use of the Māori Niupepa and Hawaiian Nūpepa digital libraries this research investigates how indigenous languages were used in these electronic environments in 2005. […]

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Recovering and Celebrating Inuit Knowledge through Design: The Making of a Virtual Storytelling Space

Dr. Scott Heyes (Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra) presented this paper at the Indigenous Knowledge and Technology Conference (IKTC 2011) in Namibia on 2-4 November. Dr. Heyes is a Cultural Geographer and Landscape Architect who has worked on some very interesting projects. Abstract Inuit storytelling in the Ungava […]

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A New Visualization Approach to Re-Contextualize Indigenous Knowledge in Rural Africa

Abstract Current views of sustainable development recognize the importance of accepting the Indigenous Knowledge (IK) of rural people. However, there is an increasing technological gap between Elder IK holders and the younger generation and a persistent incompatibility between IK and the values, logics and literacies embedded, and supported by ICT. […]

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Indigenous technology design and its challenges

Christopher Hoadley, Educational Communications and Technology program at New York University … speaking at The Berkman Center Luncheon Series, a weekly series of informal luncheons and other meetings, providing students, fellows, faculty, and anyone who reserves a seat opportunities to discuss issues relevant to their work and to engage other […]

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Preserving Endangered Languages using a Layered Web-based Archive

Abstract Many human languages, an essential part of culture, are in danger of extinction. UNESCO estimates that at least a half of the world’s 6500 spoken languages will disappear within the next 100 years. This problem can be addressed to some extent by computer systems that collect, archive and disseminate […]

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Beyond preservation: New directions for technological innovation through intangible cultural heritage

Abstract While many digitization projects are currently underway, to help preserve Indigenous traditions, few explore the full potential of the development of digital media and networked technology through Indigenous cultures. This paper outlines the three phases necessary for a robust digital preservation, promotion and growth project: Straightforward documentation of Indigenous […]

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Re-framing HCI through local and indigenous perspectives

This post provides information about “Re-framing HCI through local and indigenous perspectives,” one of several workshops that will be held at this year’s Interact2011 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Lisbon, Portugal. Interact2011 Workshop on Indigenous HCI Monday, 5 September 2011 Workshop organizers Jose Abdelnour-Nocera, University of West London Masaaki Kurosu, […]

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Design, Development and Research 2011

Inaugural Conference on Design, Development and Research 2011 Bellville, Cape Town September 23, 2011 – September 27, 2011 Design is integral to the IT discipline, e.g. it is an important component of the software development process. There is also much activity in ICT4D; health & community informatics; business; and other […]

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Postcolonial Computing: A Lens on Design and Development

Abstract: As our technologies travel to new cultural contexts and our designs and methods engage new constituencies, both our design and analytical practices face significant challenges. We offer postcolonial computing as an analytical orientation to better understand these challenges. This analytic orientation inspires four key shifts in our approach to […]

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A New Organization to Address Poverty Through Human-Centered Design

Reposted without edits from IDEO.com IDEO announces new organization to address poverty through human-centered design. March 7, 2011 — Palo Alto, Calif. — Today IDEO announced that in the fall of this year, it will launch a new organization aimed at spreading human-centered design throughout the social sector in order […]

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HCI for the Developing World

President Truman, in his 1949 inaugural address, announced his plan for America to “embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas.” He said that although our material resources for helping humanity were […]

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