Thursday, 02 Apr 2020
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Social Informatics Group: Knowledge Management Enablers


They develop humanistic systems by harnessing human capacity and community systems enabled by societal information management and knowledge governance mechanisms.


The Community that one is looking at, which may be characterised via a certain set of features, these being natural or naturalised to that society (for example: Population size, Ethnic composition, Level of literacy) 


The Structures, sometimes becoming traditions or simply ways of life, that have been built or accepted by the community, these being created by the society (for example:Learning methods, Social networks, Rituals) 


The Enablers, or governance procedures, that are accepted by the community by some means, and these may influence changes in the two components above (for example: Laws, regulations, Religions, beliefs, Culture, Leadership


This can be viewed as a possible model that may be able to explain how knowledge management works (the 7 processes) within a community, and perhaps why they are perpetuated. This is of course very exploratory in nature, and many experiments and projects will have to be carried out to have a better insight. Two exemplar projects are proposed along these lines, one in an under-resourced community, and the other within a scientific community.




How Community Governance Influences Knowledge Processes – Toro Case StudyMaking Research Reproducible via Provenance, Workflow and Linked Data



This focus area complements the technological system developments with the enabling mechanisms that best harness human-oriented systems


This is about bringing communication/internet accessibility to minority groups in very remote areas. It is not only about technology, but also in the preparation of the indigenous peoples to ensure uptake of the technologies. Many applications also need to be localised to fit their real needs, in terms of content (e.g. healthcare) as well as usage (e.g. pictures, gestures). Of great importance in the projects is duplicability, both for different communities as well as for different application domains. Among the areas to be covered are:


       Language Tools

       Repository Development

       Indigenous Knowledge Governance Framework: a Holistic Model for Indigenous Knowledge Management

       Data Collection and Content Management system for Indigenous Knowledge Governance

       Applications for Minority Languages/ Communities:

       Implementation of Telecentres

       Software to Bridge the Intergenerational Gap

       Language Preservation

       Exploration of Methodologies

       Development of a Methodology for Building Software for Rural Areas: Telemedicine System Case Study

       Methodologies for Software Development for Illiterate Users


Indigenous Technological Innovation in Malaysia: Reducing Vulnerability and Marginalisation among Malaysian Indigenous People