Lessons Learnt in the Development of Applications for Remote Communities

TitleLessons Learnt in the Development of Applications for Remote Communities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsYeo, AW, Masli, ABujang, Ong, S-C, Songan, P, Gnaniah, J, Hamid, KAb, Bala, P
JournalLocalisation Focus - The International Journal of Localisation
KeywordsBridging 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.

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