Gamification as a means to enhance the preservation of indigenous knowledge in Namibia

By Ndeupewa K Nakamwe (Honours in progress)

Pewa2The extinction of indigenous knowledge faces a great threat in Namibia as the elderly's of the country find it challenging to pass on the knowledge and cultural practices to the youth, mostly due to urban migration. Moreover youth has often not shown interest in learning IK. Recent developments of cultural heritage technologies with Namibian indigenous communities have opened new opportunities for knowledge transfer to the youth. This research is therefore aimed at exploring gaming as the tool that could be deemed effective for use by the youth in order to engage with t IK and cultural practices. Different game strategies and popular games will be investigated as a suitable basis to integrate local cultural heritage.



Collaborative Open-Content Platform/Dictionary for Namibian Indigenous Languages

By Heinrich Aluvilu (Honours in progress)

Namibia, a multilingual nation, like other African countries, comprises of numerous indigenous languages besides the declared national language, English. Only recently has the language policy changed to accommodate indigenous languages in primary formal education. Nevertheless only a few Namibian local languages have written material and no on-line dictionary for local languages exists yet. Thus this research project is going to initiate the development of a digitalized Namibian collaborative online dictionary-like resource for creating, defining and storing indigenous languages.>> Read more...



Exploring Seductive Digital Cultural Technologies for Indigenous Youth

 By Maria Kauhondamwa (Honours in progress)

maria3Indigenous knowledge and practices of Namibian tribes has lost value and attention among many local youth, especially in urban settings. Besides its cultural heritage value we postulate that indigenous youths could benefit from past wisdom. In this research we explore seductive design as a theoretical approach to entice indigenous urban youth to engage and record cultural insights. We have run two workshops with San youth to gain design inspirations for digital cultural technologies to be used and promoted among the youth. First non-functional prototypes are presented and evaluated.



Designing 3D Representations of Flora and the 24 Hour Clock Cycle in rural Namibia

By Donovan Maasz (Honours in progress)

donovanProjects aimed at the preservation of indigenous knowledge worldwide have attracted various interests from different parties. Based on these interests research has been initiated which lead to the understanding of cultural variations in perception, recognition and meaning making of digital representations. We acknowledge that the recognition of familiar objects depends on the various conceptualizations and significant factors that are being represented. Very few studies have ventured into the field to discover these "significant factors" for indigenous people. Therefore the purpose of this study is to determine the factors related to the 3D representation of trees and time, model it and test the recognition rate >> Read more...



Sustaining engagement among elders using Conversational Agent Systems for Indigenous Knowledge transfer

 By Gervasius Ishuuwa (In progress)

Gervasius Ishuuwa 1Indigenous knowledge is facing a perceivable threat that could ultimately result in the loss of valuable knowledge paramount for the retention of cultural heritage. Indigenous knowledge is transferred from older generations to younger generations but due to increasing urbanisation, the chain of indigenous knowledge transfer has been faced with a risk of total loss, thus, there is a need to sustain engagement among elders for the transfer of indigenous knowledge. Many elders indicated versatile use of mobile phones to perform their personalities and communication on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social networking sites. >> Read more...



Designing an Interactive Application to support the preservation of Indigenous Knowledge(IK) through storytelling interest stimulation

By Immanuel Kandjabanga (In progress) 

ImmanuelKandjabangaThere had always been IK holders in the Namibian rural communities. In the Ovambo community and many other communities, IK is always possessed by the village elders as the source of this knowledge that they can later be passed to the next generation during storytelling sessions. IK is vanishing and this IK erosion is a threat in the Namibian rural communities as it becomes not only difficult to conserve what we do not know. Conserving the community without conserving associated IK is just a waste of our community values, as future generations will not benefit from centuries of experimentation and knowledge accumulation by indigenous peoples. >> Read more...


Effective audio and visual hints in a 3D based virtual environment

By Michael Bosomefi Chamunorwa (Honors In progress)

michaelModernisation has brought with it many benefits to the world in the fields of science, technology and medicine. However, advances in these fields have resulted in the discarding of knowledge that already existed about these fields especially in third world countries. Youth in these countries have embraced the results of modernisation at the expense of their own cultures which possess unique and useful Indigenous Knowledge (IK), as a result, IK is getting lost. Strides have been made in academia and other fields to ensure that IK is preserved for consumption by future generations so that they remain in touch with their cultures. >> Read more...



Development of a mobile application for sharing historical memories of locations using GPS coordinates in Namibia

 By Idriss Madia da Costa Simao (Honors in progress)

Idriss MadiaNamibia is a country blessed with many beautiful Points of Interest (POI) with exciting histories. These POIs do not have enough historical and cultural information assigned to their physical locations that can be viewed with GPS applications like Google maps. Visitors are not aware of the historical significance of these POIs. Current ways of getting information are troublesome and few visitors do it. There are people that are aware of past events that happened at these locations and want to share their thoughts and memories but there is not a convenient way to do it. To address these problems this study will produce a mobile application called NamHistorical Point of Interest (NPOI) that will display and allow uploads of information, historical knowledge and memories regarding historical locations within Namibia. >> Read more...



 Evaluation of factors motivating participation on crowdsourcing platforms

By Dolian Pelagia (Honors in progress)

DolianPelagiaCrowdsourcing platforms have been around for quite a while now, and a lot of study has been done on motivation of users to participate on these platforms. Prior research on this topic suggests that an individual is likely to participate for monetary reward. We evaluated existing literature on this topic to see how dominant the need to make money is on most of the platform. More than six literatures were reviewed. Results shows that the desire to make money was there and it usually is the most dominant of all factors, but developing creative skills and gain peer recognition were also amongst the strongest motivators. This preliminary result shows that other motivational factors other than monetary reward are also important incentives that motivate participants to contribute to crowdsourcing platforms. It is on this background that this research investigates on finding out other non-monetary rewards that would be affordable for a rural community crowdsourcing platform in Namibia.



 Using Ontology to capture Web-based shared Indigenous Knowledge (IK)

By Jessie Himunyanga (Honors in progress)

JessieHimunyangaResearchers have embarked on the study of preserving Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and this has become a great interest but despite successful studies, IK remains beneficial only to one specific community. IK has an enormous amount of useful information to a nation as a whole, but is presented in a way understood only by the community it is specific to. Embarking on a journey of preserving IK will continue to benefit communities in their individual aspects. Nevertheless providing a technique in which IK can be transformed into knowledge beneficial to all communities, ontology is one such technique. Ontology is defined as shared concepts of a specific domain e.g. IK. Ontology will capture shared understandings within different aspects of the IK. >> Read more...



Cross-cultural co-creation of Indigenous Knowledge Managementsystem

 By  Kasper Rodil (PhD in progress) 

Kasper Rodil2 Indigenous elders in Sub-Saharan Africa have for decades transferred valuable cultural and local knowledge to youths through interpersonal interactions in collectivistic rural villages. The youths are now sent to the capitol to study a modern? Curriculum as directed by governmental rules and regulations. Previous attempts to preserve and facilitate this knowledge transfer have proven unsuccessful in terms of Western design thinking and lack of understanding of limitations and unique opportunities embodied in a cross-cultural collaboration. The project investigates the potential of digital 3D visualization as opposed to trad. Database systems/search-by-term libraries to facilitate knowledge transfer between indigenous groups, and how it can play an intercultural role as a shared language in co-designing knowledge transfer systems. >> Read more... 



Toward a Framework for Digitalising Protection of Indigenous Knowledge Systems

By Elifas Tangeni Angula Master IT (in progress)  

ETIndigenous Knowledge (IK) forms an important contribution to research and development, particularly in areas such as arts, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture and cosmetic products. In the context of these uses, Indigenous people have claims that their rights as traditional knowledge holders and custodians of this knowledge are not adequately recognized or protected. They demand not only recognition and protection of this knowledge, but also the right to share equitably in benefits derived from the uses of this knowledge. As much as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is promoted >> Read more...



Using Crowdsourcing Contribution patterns for developing software solutions for rural communities

 By Chun-Yuan Wang  

Wang1In this new information era, accumulation knowledge at the right time and place is crucial. Nowadays we heavily depend on the right information to make informative decisions, to build up our knowledge capacity. The fact remains that some knowledge especially from the ancient people is not easily accessible thereby hardly used in decision Therefore is a need to preserve indigenous knowledge and make it easily accessible in our community so that cohesive decision making can be made.
Moreover the preserved knowledge will be available to the younger generation who are forgetting about their culture. >> Read more...