Information Technology and Indigenous People, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1599043009
  • ISBN-13: 9781599043005
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 346 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released November 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Indigenous people around the world are becoming more interested in information technology because they see it as a way to preserve their traditional cultures for future generations as well as a way to provide their communities with economic and social renewal. However, the cost of the new technologies, geographic isolation, and a lack of computer literacy have made it difficult for indigenous people to adopt IT.

Information Technology and Indigenous People provides theoretical and empirical information related to the planning and execution of IT projects aimed at serving indigenous people. It explores many cultural concerns with IT implementation, including language issues and questions of cultural appropriateness, and brings together cutting-edge research from both indigenous and non-indigenous scholars.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Indigenous People and Information Technology: Issues and Perspectives.
2: Portals and Potlatch.
3: Indigenous Peoples and the Cultural Construction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Latin America.
4: Indigenous Knowledges and Worldview: Representations and the Internet.
5: Kaitiakitanga and Health Informatics: Introducing Useful Indigenous Concepts of Governance in the Health Sector.
Case Study I: ICTs for Intercultural Dialogue (ICT4ID).
Case Study II: ICT and the Orang Asli in Malaysia.
Case Study III: My Life with Computers on a Remote Island.
Case Study IV: How Computers Came into My Life.
6: Technology in Education.
7: Developing Culturally Inclusive Educational Multimedia in the South Pacific.
8: Learning to Internet Bank.
9: Can Information Communication Technological Tools Be Used to Suit Aboriginal Learning Pedagogies?.
10: Instructional Design and Technology Implications for Indigenous Knowledge: Africa's Introspective.
Case Study V: Computer Technology and Native Literacy in the Amazon Rain Forest.
Case Study VI: Toi Whakaoranga: Maori and Learning Technology.
Case Study VII: Multimedia Curriculum Development Based on the Oral Tradition.
Case Study VIII: The Indigenous Pre-IT Program.
Case Study IX: Problem-Based Online Learning and Indigenous Tertiary Education: Reflections on Implementation.
Case Study X: Student Technology Projects in a Remote First Nations Village.
Case Study XI: Draw-Talk-Write: Experiences and Learning with Indigenous Australians that Are Driving the Evolution of Word Recognition Technology.
11: Cultural Preservation and Revitalisation.
12: Aṟa Irititja: Towards Culturally Appropriate IT Best Practice in Remote Indigenous Australia.
13: Digital Songlines: Digitising the Arts, Culture and Heritage Landscape of Aboriginal Australia.
Case Study XII: The Use of Information and Communication Technology for the Preservation of Aboriginal Culture: The Badimaya People of Western Australia.
14: Indigenous Language Usage in a Bilingual Interface: Transaction Log Analysis of the Niupepa Web Site.
Case Study XIII: Language, Identity, and Community Control: The Tagish First Voices Project.
Case Study XIV: Towards an Indigenous Language Knowledge Base: Tools and Techniques from the Arwarbukarl Community.
Case Study XV: Ndjébbana Talking Books: A Technological Transformation to Fit Kunibídji Social Practice.
Case Study XVI: A Talking Dictionary of Paakantyi.
Case Study XVII: Building the Dena'ina Language Archive.
15: Applications Transforming Communities.
16: Ethnocomputing with Native American Design.
17: Cut from the Same Cloth: The United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, Geographic Information Systems, and Cultural Assimilation.
18: Representations of Tribal Boundaries of Australian Indigenous Peoples and the Implications for Geographic Information Systems.
19: E-Community-Based Tourism for Asia's Indigenous People.
Case Study XVIII: Computerised Tests of Brain Function for Use with Indigenous People.
Case Study XIX: Alliance Project: Digital Kinship Database and Genealogy.
Case Study XX: Agreements Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Database.
20: Linking Communities and Improving Access.
21: The Diffusion of New Technologies: Community Online Access Centres in Indigenous Communities in Australia.
22: Wireless Applications in Africa.
Case Study XXI: UHF-Based Community Voice Service in Ngannyatjarra Lands of Australia.
Case Study XXII: Cape York Digital Network.
Case Study XXIII: Redfern Kids Connect.
Case Study XXIV: Community Computing and Literacy in Pascua Yaqui Pueblo.
Case Study XXV: Reunification of the Wendat/Wyandotte Nation at a Time of Globalization.
23: Epilogue Future Directions.
About the Authors.