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Facilitating community processes through culturally appropriate informatics

Turk, A. and Trees, K. (1999) Facilitating community processes through culturally appropriate informatics. In: Gurstein, M., (ed.) Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 339-358.

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This chapter discusses how community processes may be facilitated through the use of information systems (IS), developed via a highly participative methodology. It examines the utility of several approaches to modeling community information requirements. By way of illustration, it describes progress on the participative development of the Ieramugadu Cultural Information System (ICIS). This project is designed to develop and evaluate innovative procedures for elicitation, analysis, storage and communication of indigenous cultural heritage information. It is investigating culturally appropriate IS design techniques, multimedia approaches, and ways to ensure protection of secret/sacred information. Development of ICIS is being carried out in close cooperation with an indigenous community in Western Australia.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: IGI Global
Copyright: 2000 Idea Group Publishing
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