Vol 27 (2006)

Volume 27 contains six regular papers, covering a range of topics of interest to EJISDC readers, with papers from or about The United Arab Emirates, The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.

In the first paper, Stewart Godwin examines the discourse of globalization in the context of the United Arab Emirates education system and examines the implications for the United Arab Emirates Government. Stewart suggests that education is not a panacea for all the problems faced by the United Arab Emirates Government, it will play a major role and the further inclusion of health based education into the current curriculum reform process is critical.

In the second paper, Jamie Andersen explores how mobile telecommunications can be brought effectively to the poorest of the world’s people. He reports on the experimental strategies that a few mobile operators have been quietly pursuing in developing unique product and service propositions for some of the world’s most needy consumers. At the heart of these success stories has been the development of an method that delivers a structured approach to serving the world’s poor: the 4As – availability, affordability, awareness and acceptability.

In the third paper, Stan Karanasios and Stephen Burgess report on their findings of research conducted within Malaysian Borneo with small tourism enterprises (STEs). The study explores the use of the Internet by STEs, with a specific focus on identifying how STEs exploit the information, communication, and transactions spaces created by the Internet. This study improves knowledge on how small enterprises, specifically STEs, use and overcome typical hurdles to adopting the Internet. In contrast to previous studies in developing countries, the results show that amongst participants there is a sufficient level of Internet maturity and many enterprises view its use as the norm.

In the fourth paper, Walter de Vries takes a close look at why the processes of information production, dissemination and exchange are not sufficiently effective at the local level in Indonesia, using a single case study of a local government in Bekasi, Indonesia. Bekasi represents a typical local government in a developing country with many information problems. It is a satellite city and region in a rapidly urbanizing and industrializing area in a country which is forced to reform its institutional structures at all levels and in all sectors. In such an environment, one would expect that local governments could benefit considerably from structural spatial information production, use, dissemination and exchange. However, available maps are not used, and base maps for the local territory hardly exist. The objective of the study was therefore to find out why that situation exists.

In the fifth paper, Erwin Alampay presents disaggregated survey data on ICT ownership, access to public ICT facilities, capabilities and actual use of ICTs in two locations in the Philippines: Carmona and Puerto Princesa City. The results showed that the diversity in a location’s topography and differences among people complicates the problem of access. In areas that are more isolated, distance and lack of infrastructure remain the biggest hurdles. In more developed areas, however, social issues like lack of motivation, skills and knowledge may hamper people’s perception of how an ICT can benefit their lives.

In the last paper, Danish Dada undertakes a critical review on the concept of e-readiness, with a special focus on developing countries. The results show that e-readiness measures alone do not help in terms of development as they tend to focus on the wider environment while ignoring the level of the organisation. In this light, a new model is proposed which gives importance to both e-readiness (the environment) and technology acceptance (the organisation), in order to gain a richer understanding of the situation.

Table of Contents

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Research Papers

Globalization, Education and Emiratization: A Case Study of the United Arab Emirates PDF
Stewart M Godwin # of downloads: 23949

Analysing Socio-Demographic Differences in the Access & Use of ICTs in the Philippines Using the Capability Approach PDF
Erwin A Alampay # of downloads: 7157

E-Readiness for Developing Countries: Moving the Focus from The Environment to the Users PDF
Danish Dada # of downloads: 35573

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A Structured Approach for Bringing Mobile Telecommunications to the World’s Poor PDF
Jamie L Anderson # of downloads: 8129

Exploring the Internet use of small tourism Exploring the Internet Use of Small Tourism Enterprises: Evidence from a Developing Country PDF
Stan Stergios Karanasios, Stephen Burgess # of downloads: 8451

Why Local Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI’s) are not Just Mirror Reflections of National SDI Objectives – Case Study of Bekasi, Indonesia PDF
Walter Timo de Vries # of downloads: 3944

The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
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