A way forward : ICTs and regional sustainability

Hearn, Gregory N., Kimber, Megan P., Lennie, June, & Simpson, Lynette E. (2005) A way forward : ICTs and regional sustainability. The Journal of Community Informatics, 1(2), pp. 18-31.

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From the participatory action research we have conducted in two rural communities in Australia we suggest six factors that assist in achieving sustainability for ICT initiatives undertaken in pursuit of regional development. They include:

* Clearly specified sustainability goals;
* Leveraging micro-business enterprise development off government funded technical and human infrastructure provision, and using local industry strengths;
* Learning from global experiences whilst building on local assets;
* Finding innovative business models to capitalise on new opportunities for content and applications;
* Ensuring community involvement in deciding, planning and evaluating projects; and
* Adopting a learning approach.

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ID Code: 20891
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see Official URL).
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Keywords: ICTs, participatory action research, regional sustainability
ISSN: 1712-4441
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2009 06:22
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2012 03:52

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