Digital Development: Bridging the Digital Divide

By Keri Logan and Barbara Crump.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper describes the work-in-progress evaluation of a mobile computing support service for voluntary and non-profit groups. The Pilot Project has recently been launched in Wellington, New Zealand, after more than a two-year preparatory period and adopts a partnership approach. Its overall purpose is to empower the voluntary sector through developing a community of practice around information and communications technologies (ICTs). The vision for financial sustainability is a key objective that, it is hoped, will be achieved through the business model which has been used. This paper describes the mixed method evaluation plan that involves participation of key stakeholders from beginning to end of the Pilot Project, discusses difficulties during project development and presents initial results.

Keywords: Digital Strategy, e-Rider, Community and Volunteer Organisations CVOs, Information and Communication Technologies, ICTs, Sustainability

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.169-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 720.574KB).

Dr. Keri Logan

Senior Lecturer,, Department of Information Systems, College of Business, Massey University Wellington Campus, Wellington, New Zealand

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. I am interested in social informatics research that includes the Digital Divide,the computer learning environment in secondary schools,women working in IT and women’s perceptions of their IT work environment. I am at present (in partnership with Dr Crump) evaluating data from a national survey of IT professionals and their workplace.

Dr. Barbara Crump

Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Systems, Massey University Wellington Campus, Wellington, New Zealand

Barbara Crump teaches and researches in the Department of Information Systems, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests have involved projects in the digital divide (evaluating the Smart Newtown community computing pilot project, followed by researching the post-implementation stage), the tertiary computing learning environment, and the culture of the computing and IS workplace. The national qualitative New Zealand computing workplace study has been followed by a quantitative study, the result of which are currently being analysed. As Visiting Scholar at the University of Malaya she undertook cross-national research involving Malaysia and New Zealand ICT workers. Evaluation of a new project addressing sustainability issues in community computing will begin in 2007.

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