Vol 21 (2005)

Volume 21 is a regular volume of the journal with three papers and a book review.

In the first article, Royal Colle from Cornell University writes a 'memo to telecentre planners'. This is a practitioner article written as the keynote speech for a workshop on telecentre planning. Colle writes less about information and communication technologies, and more about information and communication and how these, and other issues, relate to the sustainability of telecentres, especially demand-driven telecentres. This article is based on his experience in observing telecentres in operation in various parts of the world, indeed on all five continents. The article includes a valuable list of nine activities for telecentre planners to consider putting into action.

In the second article, John Willinsky (University of British Columbia) and his colleagues from the United Arab Emirates University and the University of Buea examine the state of Internet access to research resources in Cameroonian universities. Following a review of the literature on the access to research, and in particular the open access phenomenon, as well as the current situation in Cameroon, they report on a survey of graduate students and instructors with regard to their current levels of Internet access and their Internet access practices. While the current situation is not satisfactory, there are rays of hope, notably in the HINARI project on the content side and the development of wireless technology in combination with V-SAT satellite connectivity on the infrastructure side.

The third article, by Gabriela Romo Rodriguez, reports on lessons learned from the use of ICTs by NGOs in Mexico, in particular an electronic learning network in the Gulf of California region. As NGOs make more systematic use of information systems, it is clear that electronic networks of NGOs are emerging, with considerable potential for the sharing of information. While access to the technology infrastructure is clearly important, of arguably greater significance are skills related to the management of the technology.

Finally, Doug Vogel critically reviews "Asia Unplugged: The Wireless and Mobile Media Boom in the Asia Pacific", published by Sage.

Table of Contents


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Practitioner Papers

Memo to Telecenter Planners PDF
Royal D. Colle # of downloads: 5139


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Research Papers

Access to Research in Cameroonian Universities PDF
John Willinsky, Randall Jonas, Rosemary Shafack, Kiven Charles Wirsiy # of downloads: 4380

Information and Communication Technologies and Non-Governmental Organisations: Lessons Learned from Networking in Mexico PDF
Gabriela Romo Rodríguez # of downloads: 6230

Dilemmas Surrounding Information Technology Education in Developing Countries: A Study in Fiji PDF
Teresa Lynch, Nick Szorenyi # of downloads: 5671


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Book Reviews

Book Review: Asia Unplugged: The Wireless and Mobile Media Boom in the Asia Pacific PDF
Douglas Vogel # of downloads: 3131



The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
ISSN: 1681-4835 www.ejisdc.org