ICT4D Seminar

Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 at 12:40pm - 3:40pm

Location: Örebro University (in HSG Lecture theater, Gymnastikhuset)

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You are invited to ICT4D seminar organized by the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) and ICT4D research group at Örebro University in collaboration with Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI-CRI) Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia.

Theme: ICT4D in Indigenous Communities
Seminar Location: Örebro University, Sweden
Date & Time: 22/09/2015 at 12:40 - 15:40
Room: HSG Lecture theater in Gymnastikhuset (the Gym building)

About the Seminar
People who should attend this seminar: ICT4D and information systems researchers, ICT4D practitioners, ICT4D students, researchers who want to use ethnography. Others are also welcome!

IPID organizes ICT4D seminars annually to help postgraduate students gain knowledge on different ICT4D research topics. The objectives of these seminars are to demonstrate how to apply various research methodologies in ICT4D, promote ICT4D research, teach students writing and publishing skills, among others. This year we identified 'ethnography in ICT4D' as an area of interest; There is a need to address cultural and ethical issues when ICT tools are introduced in communities. There are many implications when ICT implementation practices 'go against' the traditions of communities. How to meet community needs while appreciating their norms is a challenge.

IPID and ICT4D research group at Örebro will host a distinguished scholar from Malaysia to share experiences on the subject. Dr. Tariq Zaman and his team have been doing research on this subject for over 10 years. The topic of the presentation is: "Indigenous Communities Employing ICTs for Rural Socio-Economic Development: Examples from Malaysian Borneo" and he will be sharing their experiences on community driven ICT4D projects especially the insights and challenges in the design and development of indigenous knowledge management system in Long Lamai community. Long Lamai is a rural pilot site of UNIMAS. He will discuss the methodologies that have made their research a success.

Seminar Schedule
1240 - 1310: IPID coordinator welcomes participants and participants quickly introduce themselves. 
The coordinator gives a short presentation about IPID and its key partners.

1310-1510: Presentation from the guest speaker followed by questions and discussions.

1510-1540: FIKA and networking.

More about research at ISITI-CRI
Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI-CRI) Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) is one of the active implementers of telecentre projects in Malaysia. It started out by implementing ICTD and ICT4D projects in highly isolated and remote locations in Malaysia in early 2000. The Key strengths of ISITI-CRI are to bridge the technology-people’s gap, in particular, encompassing technological innovations for indigenous communities. A multi-disciplinary research team from the social sciences, to ICTs and engineering fields aim to bridge the theory-practice gap by conducting research and design, and implementing programmes at the community level. To facilitate this, ISITI-CRI, has developed a strong relationship with indigenous communities, where all its sites’ population comprise different indigenous groups of different social and cultural settings. These indigenous groups include the Kelabits, Penan, Lun Bawang, Dusun, Bajau, Bidayuh, Semai and Temiar communities. The ISITI-CRI model of Telecentre replication comprises three stages; community engagement, ICT design, development and deployment; and designing and implementing socio-economic development programmes. More information about ISITI-CRI ia available at: http://www.isiti.unimas.my/

About Dr. Tariq Zaman
Dr. Zaman holds Ph.D. from the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Univeristi Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia. He is working as a postdoctoral research fellow at ISITI-CRI-UNIMAS. Tariq has 12 years of experience as a computer science and IT teacher, researcher and development practitioner. His research projects have received more than 10 awards, 9 of them international. His research interests include Indigenous Knowledge Management (Governance), Community-based co-design, Rural ICT, Community Informatics and ICT4D. Currently, he is leading two international research projects and coordinating collaboration of post-graduate students and researchers from different countries and disciplines in the areas of "Information" and "Community Engagement". Previously, he worked for ActionAid International, Youth Engagement Service, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Christian Study Centre Pakistan. More information his research can be found at: http://www.tariqzaman.jimdo.com

How to Participate in the seminar
If you wish to attend the seminar please register online via the link: http://goo.gl/forms/oojOUCu7PO If you are unable to register online or have questions concerning the seminar please contact the IPID coordinator at: coordinator@ipid.se or info@ipid.se cc to ena@ipid.se.

IPID will provide travel grants to 10 students from Swedish universities who want to attend the seminar. Students who want to apply for travel grant can do it through the registration form (http://goo.gl/forms/oojOUCu7PO). The maximum travel fee to apply for is 1500 SEK.

Additional Information
Free FIKA (coffee, tea and snacks) will be provided at the seminar.

Local participants can get to Örebro by train and from the train station to Örebro university by buss 3 and buss 9 (you are advised to check traffic updates in case of buss changes). International participants can join the discussions via adobe connect. Information about online participation will follow.

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