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Posted on September 21st, 2018 in Conference Workshop by Colin

AfriCHI Workshop 10: Perspectives on Safeguarding Indigenous Knowledge and Intangible Cultural Heritage
 
Abstract:
 
This proposed workshop aims to explore and share viewpoints on contentious matters concerning using ICT in the safeguarding of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). As organizers, we have formed long-lasting partnerships with indigenous communities and are frequently situated in these dialogical situations where topics such as ICT, cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge are debated. With this workshop, we intend to give the opportunity to discuss contentious issues of research impact among members of three groups: indigenous people that are contributing to, and affected by, research on IK; invited community–based co-designers and local researchers; and the organizers. 

Participants will identify and discuss crucial topics around impact and ethics of IK research. We intend to collect viewpoints and arguments on how sensitive research in indigenous communities is to be carried out in order to meet the approval of actors from all three groups. We conclude by drafting a plan to implement suggested actions.

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As a National Project to preserve IK two teams from NUST (FCI) and UNAM (MRC) embarked on a trip to conduct research in Hardap region. The NUST Team primary focus was to test a co-designed tool which records IK and to develop a community engagement, while the UNAM team concentrated on collecting indigenous plants using a survey. The team from NUST consisted of Gereon Koch Kapuire, Michael Chamunorwa, Gatsen Tjirare and PT Tjituka.

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Refining crowdsourced requirements


Posted on July 20th, 2016 in Okomakuara

 

On July 20 a five man team consisting of two lecturers Mr Gereon Koch Kapuire and Mr Colin Stanley, Professor Jesse V. Johnson and two undergraduate students Juliuson T. Amakali and Albertus P. Coetzee all from Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) undertook a trip to Okomakuara,a rural community around 65 km north of Windhoek. The purpose of the trip was to refine the crowdsourced requirements for the Request Management tablet application with the OvaHerero elders of the community. 

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During the 13th to the 15th of April 2016, Gereon Koch Kapuire attended a conference to engage with professionals, entrepreneurs, academias and all people passionate in Human Computer Interaction and User Experience. The conference was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was the 2nd international Human Computer Interaction and User Experience conference in Indonesia. The paper which was presented titled “An UX and Usability expression of Pastoral OvaHimba: Personas in the Making and Doing”. We presented co-design efforts with pastoral ovaHimba in Namibia considering that when co-designing technologies with a community for the first times, we learn what generates primary interest, constant engagement, reciprocity, and a sense of joy in gaining useful, courteous and inspiring experiences is a sensible obligation to the skilful designer.

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Community Engagement Workshop


Posted on April 12th, 2016 in Mariental

 1. Introduction / Purpose of the trip

This article is intended to present the outcomes of the community engagement workshop that took place in Mariental on the 12th of April 2016. The objective of the workshop was to get prior informed consent (PIC) to get permission from the Namas Traditional Authority (NTA) from //Karas region to carry a survey on medicinal plants, food and beverages. Moreover, the workshop was to provide awareness about the Access Benefit Sharing (ABS). ABS refers to the ways in which genetic resources may be accessed and how the benefits that result from their use may be shared. Namibia’s ABS legislation to regulate and control genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge is in working progress.

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Being Human


Posted on December 7th, 2015 in Australia

On the 7th till 10th of December 2015, Gereon Koch Kapuire attended the 27th Australian Conference in Human-Computer Interaction, which was held at the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. The conference attracted participants from various background including interface designers, user experience (UX), practitioners, information architects, software engineers, human factors experts, information system analysts and social scientists. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Churchill from Google, USA. The conference theme was “Being Human”. Gereon presented the paper titled “Framing Technology Design in Ubuntu: Two Locales in Pastoral Namibia”.

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In October 2015 two ovaHimba male elders and four youngsters took part of this session held in Otjise, a village in the Kunene region in the North of Namibia.

Lecturer and facilitator Gereon Koch Kapuire (Namibia University of Science and Technology), PT lecturer at Namibia University of Science and Technology and PhD candidate Daniel G. Cabrero (University of West London), lecturer and facilitator Colin Stanley (Namibia University of Science and Technology), and local students Michael Chamunorwa Kwenda and Donovan Maasz (Namibia University of Science and Technology) took part of this trip.

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A trip to Erindiroukambe (our research site) was scheduled for the weekend of the 16-18th October. The team which consisted of Gereon Koch Kapuire (team leader), Michael Chamunorwa (honors student) and Donovan Maasz (honors student) who departed for Erindiroukambe late on Friday evening. The two students spent the major part of the journey implementing final touches to the prototypes they wished to test. Arriving early Saturday morning, there was not much time to rest, after a short nap and some breakfast, the team set about planning the day's schedule. They all agreed that three sessions would be held with willing community members. 

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The team of Gereon Koch Kapuire with two honors students Michael Chamunorwa and Donovan Maasz made a visit to Erindiroukambe (our research site) during the weekend of 31st July – 2nd August 2015. The purpose of this trip was to hold community co-design sessions with community members to obtain information which the two students wanted to utilize in further expanding some open topics within the IKS project.

The student's topics were as follows:
1. Michael: Effective visual hints in a 3D virtual environment for an indigenous community.
2. Donovan: Designing 3D Representations of Flora and the 24 Hour Clock Cycle in rural Namibia

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In March 2015, and scaffolding from both, a first trip towards Persona Co-Design undertaken in October 2014 and the learning experiences obtained at that time, lecturer and facilitator Gereon Koch Kapuire (Namibia University of Science and Technology), PhD candidate Daniel G. Cabrero (University of West London and current exchange-researcher at Namibia University of Science and Technology), lecturer and facilitator Colin Stanley (Namibia University of Science and Technology) and Professor Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (Namibia University of Science and Technology and Cabrero’s external supervisor) undertook a trip back to Okomakuara in order to find out both, (1) further data towards the Crowdsource System we are currently co-designing and co-developing with ovaHerero and ovaHimba communities in pastoral Namibia and (2) to keep probing methods to find data on User-Created Personas (UCP).

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