Lessons Learnt in the Development of Applications for Remote Communities
|Title||Lessons Learnt in the Development of Applications for Remote Communities|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Authors||Yeo, AW, Masli, ABujang, Ong, S-C, Songan, P, Gnaniah, J, Hamid, KAb, Bala, P|
|Journal||Localisation Focus - The International Journal of Localisation|
|Keywords||Bridging the digital divide, community informatics, digital library, eBario Project, ICT, localisation, open source, tourism website, word processor|
In this paper, we highlight lessons learnt from our experience in the development of three applications for two small remote communities in Sarawak, a state of Malaysia, which has been provided with access to information and communication technologies. The applications developed include a digital library employed to capture oral traditions of the Kelabits; a website to promote tourism in Bario, and a word processor localised to accommodate the Kayan language. The Kelabits and Kayans are two of 27 ethnic groups found in Sarawak. The lessons highlighted will be discussed vis-à-vis the technological, operational, logistical, and strategic aspects of systems development for remote communities.