Understanding indigenous people's information practices and internet use: a Ngarrindjeri perspective

Du, Jia Tina and Haines, Jelina and Sun, Vicky Qiaoling and Partridge, Helen and Ma, Dandan (2015) Understanding indigenous people's information practices and internet use: a Ngarrindjeri perspective. In: 19th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2015), 6-9 July 2015, Singapore.

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Abstract

Little is known about indigenous people’s interactions with the Internet as well as their attitudes, values, and skills in using the Internet and information and communication technologies to retain their knowledge. We present the preliminary results of the research undertaken with Ngarrindjeri people living from the Lower Murray River Lakes and the Coorong areas in South Australia, and then review the implications of these findings for designing interventions. Twenty-one Ngarrindjeri volunteers participated in the questionnaires, interviews and field observation. The results show that, following family members, the Internet was considered to be the second most important source for obtaining various sorts of information. Though having types of hesitation and cultural cautions, the indigenous participants embraced the Internet and online resources with great enthusiasm. The findings suggest that it is critical to adapt Internet technology to incorporate indigenous cultures including their information and social practices when we design and deliver information products and services for indigenous people.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The authors retain the copyright of the paper published in the PACIS 2015 proceedings.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - No Department
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2015 05:26
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 02:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigenous knowledge, indigenous people, information practice, information use, internet use
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080709 Social and Community Informatics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27493

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