Vol 70 (2015)

Volume 70 is a regular issue of EJISDC with 8 papers and one book review. This volume has a strong South African flavour.

In the first paper, Izak van Zyl discusses the intellectual politics of research philosophy in the field of IS. He makes particular reference to the higher education landscape of South Africa, and attempt to trace personal and scholarly encounters with what he deems to be ‘paradigmatic thinking’. The aim of the ensuing discussion is to deepen the understanding of the politics of paradigms, as instantiated in IS research teaching and philosophy. This discussion attempts to broaden existing discourse by considering the university of technology as an emerging player in IS research philosophy.

In the 2nd paper, Alcardo Barakabitrze and his colleagues in Tanzania explore how a wide range of Information and Communication Technologies available in Agricultural Research Institutes (ARIs) if used effectively by agriculture researchers can improve agriculture productivity in Tanzania. The results indicate that ICTs tools are available in ARIs for the day to day research activities. However, utilization of agriculture journals is very limited due to unreliability and poor connectivity of the Internet and frequent power cuts. Results also show that the uses of specialized ICT devices have not taken a great recognition in agriculture activities which is attributed by low investment of ICTs that can be used for teaching and learning modern agriculture productivity techniques in institutes under this study.

In the 3rd paper, Kevin Kohnston and his colleagues at the University of Cape Town seek to ascertain whether Information and CommunicationTechnologies (ICTs) have been valuable in the provision of broader development to South African citizens. The authors conduct a qualitative thematic analysis on data in the form of peer reviewed academic literature.

In the 4th paper, Naomi Isabirye and her colleagues use theories from the trust literature to propose that, for users to adopt technology to enhance their effectiveness in terms of their livelihoods, they must be convinced that the technology will work in their best interests and will perform its intended purpose reliably or predictably. The authors draw on an action research project involving the deployment of a voice-driven e-marketplace targeted at a rural aloe farming community. The paper presents a model for the development of trustworthy applications for rural users with limited experience with ICTs. 

In the 5th paper, Irene Govender and Brian Skea attempt to ignite the interest of educators in the aspect of e-safety byexploring the issues related to educators’ awareness and knowledge of e-safety. The paper draws on material from schools on each side of the digital divide in South Africa.

In the 6th paper, Arunima Mukherjee examines Sen’s distinction between human capital and human capability in the context of capacity strengthening of a hospital information systems context in the public health sector context of a State in India. 

in the 7th paper, Eamonn Walls and colleagues examine the e-education situation in South Africa, proposing an alternative e-education strategy called DREAMS (Digital Resources for Education And Mobility).

In the 8th paper, Achilles Kiwanuka and his colleagues analyse the acceptance process of District Health IS by three Vertical Health Programmes so as to examine the facilitating conditions and the challenges that they face. Data was collected through interviews, document review and observation.

Finally, in the last paper Atta Addo reviews the book titled: Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies. 

Table of Contents

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Research Papers

Disciplinary Kingdoms: Navigating the Politics of Research Philosophy in the Information Systems PDF
Izak van Zyl # of downloads: 585

New technologies for disseminating and communicating agriculture knowledge and information (AKI): Challenges for Agricultural Research Institutes (ARI) in Tanzania PDF
Alcardo Alex Barakabitze, Edvin Jonathan Kitindi, Camilius Sanga, Ayubu Shabani, Joseph Philipo, George Kibirige # of downloads: 2020

ICTs for the Broader Development of South Africa: An Analysis of the Literature PDF
Kevin Allan Johnston, Ndumiso Jali, Flora Kundaeli, Tejumade Adeniran # of downloads: 680

Building Technology Trust in a Rural Agricultural e-Marketplace: A User Requirements Perspective PDF
Naomi Isabirye, Stephen Flowerday, Amit Nanavati, Rossouw Von Solms # of downloads: 1221

Teachers' Understanding of E-Safety: An Exploratory Case in KZN, South Africa PDF
Irene Govender, Brian Skea # of downloads: 474

Capacity Strengthening within a Development Context: Developing and Applying a Conceptual Model PDF
Arunima S Mukherjee # of downloads: 471

The Dreams Plan: A Blupoint Strategy for E-Education Provision in South Africa PDF
Eamonn Walls, Mike Santer, Gary Wills, Jeff Vass # of downloads: 507

Analysis of the Acceptance Process of District Health Information Systems (DHIS) for Vertical Health Programmes: A Case Study of TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria Programmes PDF
Achilles Kiwanuka, Honest C Kimaro, Wilfred Senyoni # of downloads: 819

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Book/Media Reviews

Book Review: Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies PDF
Atta A Addo # of downloads: 382

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