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Data base of appropriate technologies for remote aboriginal commnities

Lantzke, R., Ho, G. and Mathew, K. (1990) Data base of appropriate technologies for remote aboriginal commnities. In: Mansell, D.S., Stewart, D.F. and Walker B.W. (eds), Technology for Community Development in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific, 9 - 11 July, Alice Springs, NT, Australia pp. 291-296.

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As the situation in remote Australian Aboriginal communities is unique it requires a special data base of information that is appropriate to their social, cultural and geographic setting. Such a data base has been developed employing a stand alone software package that uses a dBASE III Plus data base file structure and operates on IBM PC compatible computers. Four areas of information, Literature, Research, Available Products and Consultants" are listed. Within these areas information is presented in a form to enable end-users to discover the various resources available to them and who to approach for further detail. Most data is in brief set fields however a memo field of unrestricted length is available to enable variable comments such as the usefulness of the product and where it is being used or is on trial. Information is accessed by either a keyword or a menu search. Using either of these search routines the four areas mentioned above may be searched separately or consecutively. Information relevant to the user can be set aside for printing at the conclusion of the search. A detailed input system based on optional menus is included opening up the possibility for individual centres to define their own relevant data base of information. To date only limited data have have been keyed in to allow the system to be trialed. With feedback various changes could be made to the software including adaptation of the data categories used in the menu.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: University of Melbourne and Alice Springs College of TAFE
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