Book Series Vol 1

Development Informatics and Regional Information Technologies:
Theory, Practice and the Digital Divide

Vol 1: ICTs and Sustainable Solutions for Global Development: Theory, Practice and the Digital Divide

  1. Introduction
  2. Objective of the book
  3. Target audience
  4. Recommended topics
  5. Submission procedure
  6. Editors

1. Introduction

See the overview for this Volume Set, and how Development Informatics relates to the overall theme of the book set.

This book is aimed at understanding why some ICT public access deployments seem to work, while the greater majority seem to fail. There is substantial non-academic literature on this, but most lack solid scientific theoretical and methodological foundation. On one hand this book will investigate cultural, social and ethnographical issues, and on the other hand enabling technologies and economic models.

This book will attempt to understand topics such as the so-called digital divide, or its more recent synonym, social inclusion, as well as other themes such as e-adoption, global information technologies, cultural acceptance and rejection of digitalization and globalization, the knowledge society, regional adoption or rejection of technology, local and global economies and trade, policies and their effect, the information revolution, networking to rural areas and the pace of digital diffusion.

2. Objective of the book

As there is no authoritative reference in this field, we believe the impact of this book will be high for institutions (governments, philanthropists, NGOs, donor agencies, etc.) that deploy ICT solutions in marginalized communities.

The book will serve academic scholars and researchers, as well as representatives of other institutions, to be a consolidated reference guide on Development Informatics issues.

There is quite a vast body of literature on the successful and unsuccesful use of ICT fro communities. By far the majority are self-reports, written to keep donor agencies happy. Relatively few are based on good scientific principles.

This book is an attempt to rectify this gap in the literature. It will provide the theoretical framework, and scientific methodology of the regional case studies presented in the other three volumes in this set.

3. Target audience

The target audience of the volume set, particularly this book, will be anyone involved in providing ICT access to communities, particularly communities not part of the mainstream social groups in societies.

The audience will include academics and researchers in this field, as well as educators. It further includes agencies and their representatives - such as governments, philanthropists, NGOs, donor agencies.

4. Recommended Topics

The themes to be addressed in this volume are the following. it is envisaged that the book will consist of 5 sections.

Definitions and approaches
The scientific approach
The status quo
The future – until 2050
Good Practice

5. Submission procedure

Use the Submission Form ( - yes, this is correct) to submit Chapter Proposals.

5.1 Chapter length

10'000 words

5.2 Document format

Chapter content can unfortunately only be received in *.rtf or *.doc (MS Word) formats. For details, see Authors guidelines.

5.3 Language

Contributions will only be accepted in English. If your first language is not English, please make use of some English language service. The editors will not assist in changing text to be more compliant with English language conventions. It is up to contributors to ensure adherance to the conventions of the English language.

5.4 Deadlines

15 July 2008 Proposal submissions - use Submission Form (
15 August Proposal submissions date extended
31 August 2008 Proposal acceptance/rejection notification to authors
29 December 2008 Chapter submission deadline
2 March 2009 Review results to authors
30 March 2009 Revised chapters due from authors
27 April 2009 Final acceptance/rejection

5.5 Review process

Each chapter will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least 3 reviewers.

5.6 Publishing date


5.7 Publisher

The volumes will be published by IGI as

6. Editors

Jacques Steyn

Jacques Steyn (PhD) is Editor in Chief of the volume set. He is Director of IDIA, and Head of the School of IT at the South African campus of Monash University.

He holds a multidisciplinary PhD (Univ Cape Town) titled Language: a complex systems approach.

In 1983 he received an award for excellence in science from the South African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) for his Masters Degree obtained from the University of Pretoria.

He was lecturer at UNISA from 1984 to 1986, then Deputy Director / Senior Teaching Advisor (i.e. consultant) also at UNISA until 1995.

From 1995 to 2003 he was a self-employed information and knowledge consultant operating in the fields of the New Media, such as Web Technologies and Multimedia.

During 1999 and 2000, in addition to consulting, he was Associate Professor at the School of Information Technology of the University of Pretoria, assisting in developing a new B.IS (Multimedia) degree.

He wrote an e-book on markup languages (HTML 4 Web Builders). In 1999 he developed the first XML-based general music markup language (

As the sole South African representative, through the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS), he was member of the international ISO/MPEG-7 standards workgroup on metadata for interactive-TV and Multimedia. He was also member of the ISO/MPEG-4 extension workgroup for music notation (i.e. symbolic music representation).

In August 2003 he School of IT at Monash South Africa as senior lecturer. Since February 2005 served as Head of the School of IT.

Graeme Johanson

  Graeme Johanson
Monash University

Graeme Johanson (PhD) is Director of the Centre for Community Networking Research ( on the Caulfield Campus of the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in Information and Telecommunications Needs Research (ITNR), and a Board Member of IDIA.

His recent research projects have included evaluating a national learning repository, researching the links between theory and practice in community informatics in Australia, analysing the community's use of the Internet in Victorian public libraries, developing a national academic library network, studying knowledge transfer in an international sporting organisation, monitoring a national survey of the use of information and communications technologies in third sector organisations, co-ordinating the development of a Civil Society Statement to supplement materials developed by the Australian Government for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), consulting on a 3-year project to capture Aboriginal culture for perpetuity electronically, managing a project to identify and model variables invovled in establishing community Internet connections in rural regions, and developing measures for describing the sustainability of community infrastructures.
Other projects relate to Australian publishing, electronic publishing, evaluating the usefulness of library portals and virtual libraries by educational communities, sustainable knowledge management, mapping information-seeking behaviours, and social issues related to knowledge transfer.