Hervey Bay in transition: the role of community based information technology in overcoming the great digital divide

Pease, Wayne and Wright, Lauretta and Cooper, Malcolm (2004) Hervey Bay in transition: the role of community based information technology in overcoming the great digital divide. In: Using community informatics to transform regions. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, United States, pp. 223-237. ISBN 1-59140-278-6


[Abstract]: In regional Australia there is a growing interest and investment in community capacity building and this is beginning to be formalised in a desire to integrate information communications technology opportunities with other forms of community development. This paper explores the opportunity for greater social integration based on the formation of community-based information technology (IT) driven organisations. It is suggested that whether disseminating information, collaborating with other communities, assisting the development of new industries, or simply by sharing the lessons learned along the way, community–based IT can assist and support a community’s economic and social development. Further, the paper supports the view that, where understanding and developing new forms of information technology through community informatics is accepted as an integral part of such development, communities will not just 'improve the old' but will more radically restructure themselves towards a knowledge-based future. The Case Study that underpins these observations is that of the development of Bay Connect, a community based Internet development and training project, begun in Hervey Bay City with Networking the Nation (NTN) money which is now expanding into Maryborough City and surrounding Shires. It is also supported by the University of Southern Queensland’s Wide Bay Campus’ emergent role in supporting new and existing industry, Bay Connect and the Hervey Bay City Council in the creation and nurturing of an IT skills base within the Region.

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Additional Information: Permanent restricted accesss to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. However, Alternatively, USQ staff and students may access the paper via publisher's electronic version of the book at: http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.usq.edu.au/lib/unisouthernqld/Doc?id=10044323
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:40
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 01:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: internet, digital divide, community informatics, Hervey Bay, Bay Connect
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1348

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