Designing Peruasive Systems for Rural Communities in Namibia

by Mark Mushiva (Master Thesis)

MarkMushiveWhile current trends of use show that technology is increasingly being accepted into communities that were thought to be inaccessible either because of infrastructure or cultural barriers, the rate at which these technologies are being adopted is not significant enough to foster the much needed benefits. In light of the use of ICT in rural settings, one could say that technology is underutilized.This has recently become an area of concern since most of the world's socio economic innovations are being delivered through technology. The effectiveness of some of these innovations depend on whether or not they are capable of successfully integrating themselves into rural communities in a way that their use is aligned with the behavior of the people they are meant for. >> Read more...



Wireless meshed networks in rural setting for telephony

By Sapala Atkinson (Honours Completed)

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In this project we explored Mesh Potatoes (MP) devices as a technology to support a village network in the Omaheke region. The main aim was to set up and deploy the devices at Erindi-Roukambe in order to find out whether it can provide the network infrastructure for the IK management system and the free local telephony service for the village. For the purpose of this project, four Mesh Potato [MP] devices, four analogue telephones, two Nanostations [Nanos] and four solar powering units for the MPs were acquired and used. Connectivity of Mesh potatoes were tested in a lab and outdors in relation to distance inbetween nodes for quality of voice. >> Read more...



Towards appropiate user interface design preserving rural african communication practices-listeners roles in face-to-face communication

By Shilumbe Chivuno-Kuria (Master completed)

shilumbe picIn order to design appropriate interfaces for Indigenous knowledge Management systems. The fact that in those communities, communication takes place primarily through oral transmission also has to be considered. Oral communication involves both narrators and listeners who engage in an interactive correspondence including verbal and non verbal communication during storytelling. Many researchers focus on Narrators but in this thesis, we will concentrate on listeners' contributions during interpersonal communications in rural communities. Non verbal communication such as gestures are prevalent in traditional oral African communities and these can offer rich information that can be infused in interface designs for human computer interaction. >> Read more...



Namibian Indigenous Knowledge sharing using semantic web

By Cherley M. Haingura (Completed October 2013)


Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) seems to be slowly dying out and if we lose that type of knowledge then there is no where we can retrieve it back. Therefore we are privileged to make us of modern technology to help us preserve our valuable ITK which is only known by the elders in rural communities who may pass away without having the opportunity to preserve their knowledge for the current and future generations.

Currently there is no platform whereby the ITK can be preserved; by making use of modern technology we can achieve the goal of preserving the ITK with the use of a web enabled solution which incorporates the use of Semantic Web Technology (SWT) which deals with linking of related metadata on the web. >> Read more...



An explorative action research study toward the design of a digital knowledge organisation

as part of an Indigenous Knowledge Management system with a Herero community

By Gereon Koch Kapuire

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Indigenous Knowledge Management Systems are being developed in order to preserve, process and retrieve knowledge. Unfortunately, most of the systems available do not take into account cultural ways of organising and sharing of indigenous knowledge by local communities. Current technology trends and developments have hardly been informed by African indigenous and rural knowledge systems. Thus, either substantial modifications are necessary in adapting technology to the requirements of indigenous knowledge systems, or those systems are inadequately represented through technologies. >> Read more...



Designing a persuasive mobile application to encourage the digital recording of Indigenous Knowledge

By Mark Mushiva (Honours completed)

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Indigenous knowledge in Namibia is facing a perceivable threat that could ultimately result in the loss of invaluable knowledge paramount for the retention of cultural heritage. With very few initiatives geared towards preserving indigenous knowledge, there is a need to solicit the participation of young Namibians. Many of Namibia's youth have taken to the versatile use of mobile phones to perform their personalities on Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites. Meanwhile persuasive technology has been gaining considerable momentum in the world of mobile technology, changing people's behavior to assume healthier, more environmentally aware and responsible habits. >> Read more...