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Title: New visualization approach to re-contextualize indigenous knowledge in rural Africa
Authors: Rodil, K
Winschiers-Theophilus, H
Bidwell, NJ
Eskildsen, S
Rehm, M
Koch Kapuire, G
Keywords: 3D visualization
African indigenous knowledge
Rural Africa
Namibian indigenous knowledge
3D simulated environments
Indigenous knowledge
Human computer interaction
INTERACT 2011
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Publisher: IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2011
Citation: Rodil, K, Winschiers-Theophilus, H, Bidwell, NJ et al. 2011. New visualization approach to re-contextualize indigenous knowledge in rural Africa. 13th IFIP TC 13 International Conference: Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2011), Lisbon, Portugal, 5-9 September 2011
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;7416
Abstract: Current views of sustainable development recognize the importance of accepting the Indigenous Knowledge (IK) of rural people. However, there is an increasing technological gap between elder IK holders and the younger generation and a persistent incompatibility between IK and the values, logics and literacies embedded, and supported by ICT. Here, the authors present an evaluation of new technology that might bridge generations and preserve key elements of local IK in Namibia. They describe how we applied insights, generated by ethnographic, dialogical and participatory action research, in designing a structure in which users can store, organize and retrieve user-generated videos in ways that are compatible with their knowledge system. The structure embeds videos in a scenario-based 3D visualization of a rural village. It accounts for some of the ways this rural community manages information, socially, spatially and temporally and provides users with a recognizable 3D simulated environment in which to re-contextualize de-contextualized video clips. Their formative in situ evaluation of a prototype suggests the visualization is legible to community members, provokes participation in design discussions, offers opportunities for local appropriation and may facilitate knowledge sharing between IK holders and more youthful IK assimilators. Simultaneously differing interpretations of scenarios and modeled objects reveal the limitations of our modeling decisions and raises various questions regarding graphic design details and regional transferability.
Description: 13th IFIP TC 13 International Conference: Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2011), Lisbon, Portugal, 5-9 September 2011
URI: http://vbn.aau.dk/files/50971813/Rodil_et_al_2011_A_New_Visualization_Approach_to_Re_Contextualize_Indigenous_Knowledge_in_Rural_Africa.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5326
ISBN: 978-3-642-23773-7
Appears in Collections:Human factors
Accessibility research
Rural infrastructure and services
General science, engineering & technology

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