Encyclopedia of Developing Regional Communities with Information and Communication Technology, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Wal Taylor [Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa)]
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  • ISBN-10: 1591407915
  • ISBN-13: 9781591407911
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 744 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released December 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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Encyclopedia of Developing Regional Communities with Information and Communication Technology is an important and timely reference source on all topics related to the emerging field of information and communication technology (ICT) and its role in developing regional communities. This single-volume provides a thorough examination of concepts, technologies, policies, training, and applications of ICT in support of economic and regional developments around the globe. With 171 leading international contributors from 40 countries, over 940 terms and definitions, and more than 2,200 references, this publication is the single indispensable source of knowledge related to ICT and its strong positive impacts on the economic development of regional communities around the world.

Key features include:

  • Over 130 contributions providing comprehensive coverage of theory and concepts Community Informatics
  • Examples of best practices, case studies and principles of the use of Community Informatics to strengthen regional economies and communities
  • Examples of the most recent scholarly research on the use of Community Informatics
  • A compendium of more than 940 terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms written by international experts
  • Organized by title and indexed by authors and topics, making it a convenient method of reference for readers
  • Over 2,200 comprehensive references on existing literature on communication technology
  • Cross referencing of key terms, figures and information pertinent to Community Informatics and ICT

Originally published in print format in 2005.



  • Wal Taylor [Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa)]

Table of Contents

Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editorial Advisory Board.
List of Contributors.
Contents by Topic.
About the Editors.
1: Action Research Methods.
2: Adaptive Use of ICT in Response to Disintermediation.
3: Analysing a Rural Community's Reception of ICT in Ghana.
4: Applying for Government Grants for ICT in Australia.
5: The Arab World, Culture and Information Technology.
6: Assessing Universal Access to ICT in Ghana.
7: Assessment of E–Government Projects.
8: Assimilation by Communities of Internet Technologies.
9: Building a Framework for the Development of RMIT Learning Networks.
10: Building Human–Centered Systems.
11: Cambodian Youth Making Connections.
12: Capturing Community Memory with Images.
13: Caribbean Companies and the Information Superhighway.
14: Challenges to Community Informatics to Bridging the Digital Divide.
15: Choosing Online Learning Communities or Collaborative Learning.
16: Citizen–Oriented Decision Making.
17: Civic Space Portal.
18: Civil Society and the New Economy.
19: Clustering Dynamics of the ICT Sector in South Africa.
20: Cognitive Theories and the Design of E–Learning Environments.
21: Connecting Dispersed Communities on the Move.
22: Connecting the Unconnected in Rural Ireland.
23: Convergence of ICT and Culture.
24: Critical Mass and Self–Sustaining Activity.
25: Crossing the Digital Divide and Putting ICT to Work to Improve People's Lives.
26: Cultural Barriers of Human–Computer Interaction.
27: The Definition Dilemma of E–Commerce.
28: Determining Whether ICT Improves Social Interactions.
29: Developing Regional Communities in Turkey.
30: Developing Regional Destination Marketing Systems.
31: Developing Regional Tourism Using Information Communications Technology.
32: Digital Divide and the ICT Paradigm Generally and in Estonia.
33: Digital Libraries and Development for the Illiterate.
34: Digital Library Structure and Software.
35: Distance Education in the Era of Internet.
36: Distance Learning, Telematics and Rural Social Exclusion.
37: E–Africa Initiative for Good Governance.
38: E–Bario and E–Bedian Project Implementation in Malaysia.
39: E–Business for SME Development.
40: E–Commerce and Small Business in Regional Australia.
41: E–Commerce and Small Tourism Firms.
42: E–Commerce Challenges for Caribbean Businesses.
43: E–Commerce in the Sub–Saharan Africa.
44: E–Democracy as a Contemporary Framework for Citizens' Deliberation.
45: Education Trends in Thai Businesses Utilizing Information Technology.
46: E–Government and E–Democracy in Latin America.
47: Electronic Government in Small Island States.
48: E–Mail as a Teaching Supplement in Tunisia.
49: Employability Management of ICT Professionals.
50: Establishing a "Knowledge Network" of Local and Regional Development Subjects.
51: Expanding E–Commerce into E–Ducation.
52: Extended Democratic Space for Citizens' E–Participation.
53: Forging Partnerships to Provide Computer Literacy in Swaziland.
54: Formation of a Knowledge–Based Society through Utilization of Information Networking.
55: Free/Libre Open Source Software for Bridging the Digital Divide.
56: Government Procurement ICT's Impact on the Sustainability of SMEs and Regional Communities.
57: How the National E–Strategy Shapes Competitiveness in the Information Economy.
58: ICT Aided Education for People's Empowerment.
59: ICT and Developing Social Capital.
60: ICT and Distance Learning for Agricultural Extension in Low Income Countries.
61: ICT and Regional Development in Australia.
62: ICT and the Efficient Markets Hypothesis.
63: ICT and the Tourism Information Marketplace in Australia.
64: An ICT Enabled "Community" in Rural Nigeria and the UK.
65: ICT for Ethiopian Community Development.
66: ICT for Social and Cultural Capital in Pacific Island Communities.
67: ICT in Medical Education in Trinidad and Tobago.
68: ICT in Regional Development.
69: ICT, Education, and Regional Development in Swiss Peripheral Areas.
70: ICT–Based Community Development Initiatives in South Africa.
71: Imagining APNA Punjab in Cyberspace.
72: Impact of PFnet Services on Sustainable Rural Development.
73: Implementation of a Health Information Systems Programme.
74: Improving Electronic Information Literacy in West African Higher Education.
75: Industry–Relevant Smart Community Partnerships.
76: Information Communication for Child Development Service.
77: Information Literacy for Telecenter Users in Low–Income Regional Mexican Communities.
78: The Information Society in Ukraine.
79: Information Technology Standards in China.
80: Innovation in Wireless Technologies.
81: Intentional Online Learning Plans.
82: Introducing Electronic Governance in the Philippines.
83: ITC Policy and Practice in the Fiji Islands.
84: Leveraging Digital Multimeda Training for At–Risk Teens.
85: Measuring the Maturity Level of a Community Portal.
86: Medical Education in the 21st Century.
87: Mobile Ad Hoc Networks.
88: Mobile E–Work to Support Regional and Rural Communities.
89: Modern Tools and Technologies for the Visually Impaired.
90: National Competition Policy and Broadband Provision in Australia.
91: The Need for Community Informatics in Malaysia.
92: NetTel@Africa.
93: New Frontiers for The New Australian Institute of Music.
94: One Village One Computer Campaign in India.
95: Open and Distance Programme for Rural Women.
96: Participatory 3D Modelling.
97: Pedal Powered Wireless Internet in the Laotion Jungle.
98: Planning for Electronic Government in a Remote Malaysian Site.
99: Political Online Communities in Saudi Arabia.
100: Potential Implications of IPv6 for Regional Development.
101: Poverty, Inequality and New Technologies in Latin America.
102: Preparing African Higher Education Faculty in Technology.
103: Problem–Based Learning and the Design of E–Learning Environments.
104: Producing and Sharing Free Advanced Scientific and Technological Knowledge Using the Internet.
105: Promoting the Culture and Development of Regional Communities with Digital Libraries.
106: Radio for Social Development.
107: Regional Tourism and the Internet in Australia.
108: Remote Indigenous Australian Communities and ICT.
109: The Role of Multinationals in Recent IT Developments in China.
110: A Rural Multi–Purpose Community Centre in South Africa.
111: Satellite Technology in Schools.
112: Schools–Based Community Networking in Uganda.
113: Selling Singapore's E–Lifestyle Initiative to Late Adopters.
114: Sociocultural Animation.
115: South African Women's Rural Development and E–Commerce.
116: The South Australian Common Knowledge Community.
117: The State of Internet Access in Uganda.
118: Sustainability Issues for Australian Rural Teleservice Centres.
119: Sustainable Telecentres for Local Development.
120: Technology Leapfrogging in Thailand.
121: Telecentres in Low–Income Nations.
122: Telecommunication Problems in Rural Areas of Armenia.
123: Telecommunications Sector and Internet Access in Africa.
124: Telework and the Canadian Environment.
125: Transforming Democracy through ICT.
126: Trans–Urbanites and Collaborative Environments in Computer Networks.
127: Urban Information Systems in Turkish Local Governments.
128: Using Virtual Mobility to Alleviate Aspects of Social Exclusion.
129: Voice Over IP for Rural Telecommunication Provision.
130: Web Site Development in Action Research.
131: Wireless in Vietnam.
132: Workarounds and Security.
Index of Key Terms.