Community-based co-design of an Indigenous Knowledge Management System in Namibia


Since 2008 we have co-designed technologies for the purpose of indigenous knowledge collection, representation and transfer across generations with rural Herero community members in Eastern Namibia. We deconstruct the tensions that occur between western imprinted technology and the digital representation of Indigenous Knowledge in theory and practice. Assumptions regarding considered appropriate methods, concepts and techniques are revised. Design decisions need to be determined and negotiated within local contexts and an indigenous epistemology. We pursue a community-based co-design approach, which is fundamentally rooted in a dialogical and participatory action research paradigm. We have developed a number of prototypes and mobile applications to support indigenous knowledge collection, representation and curation.

 

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