The project will attempt to uncover the complexities of the OvaHerero wedding as a cultural process using
Implementation factors of a Community Crowd sourcing website that would allow rural communities tocrowdsource their traditional objects to be modeled into 3D formats by graphic
designers on the global net
Namibia experiences a fading away of traditional cultural practices. To some extent, this can be attributed to the effect of urban migration. Closely linked to this migration is the introduction and effect of formal education. Formal education, given its western origin, is far removed from Namibian cultural practices.
Namibia is a country blessed with many beautiful Points of Interest (POI) with exciting histories. These POIs do not have enough historical and cultural information assigned to their physical locations that can be viewed with GPS applications like Google maps. Visitors are not aware of the historical significance of these POIs. Current ways of getting information are troublesome and few visitors do it. There are people that are aware of past events that happened at these locations and want to share their thoughts and memories but there is not a convenient way to do it. To address these problems this study will produce a mobile application called NamHistorical Point of Interest (NPOI) that will display and allow uploads of information, historical knowledge and memories regarding historical locations within Namibia. Action research will be applied in conjunction with agile methods to implement the NPOI using requirements gathered from the 30 participants of this study. Quantitative approaches will be used to collect and interpret data about the effects the app will have on visitation patterns to POIs. NPOI will enable visitors to learn from a community of users that that can upload information freely and comment on content of existing locations.
Crowdsourcing platforms have been around for quite a while now, and a lot of study has been done on motivation of users to participate on these platforms. Prior research on this topic suggests that an individual is likely to participate for monetary reward. We evaluated existing literature on this topic to see how dominant the need to make money is on most of the platform. More than six literatures were reviewed. Results shows that the desire to make money was there and it usually is the most dominant of all factors, but developing creative skills and gain peer recognition were also amongst the strongest motivators. This preliminary result shows that other motivational factors other than monetary reward are also important incentives that motivate participants to contribute to crowdsourcing platforms. It is on this background that this research investigates on finding out other non-monetary rewards that would be affordable for a rural community crowdsourcing platform in Namibia.
Researchers have embarked on the study of preserving Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and this has become a great interest but despite successful studies, IK remains beneficial only to one specific community. IK has an enormous amount of useful information to a nation as a whole, but is presented in a way understood only by the community it is specific to. Embarking on a journey of preserving IK will continue to benefit communities in their individual aspects. Nevertheless providing a technique in which IK can be transformed into knowledge beneficial to all communities, ontology is one such technique. Ontology is defined as shared concepts of a specific domain e.g. IK. Ontology will capture shared understandings within different aspects of the IK. Passing this knowledge on from generation to generation will come with an approach that does not dissect one person from the other. The research will advance mostly through community based co-design from different cultures sharing knowledge and ontologies will be developed henceforth. To ensure that the derived ontologies are acceptable it will be presented to the elders from participating tribes.
In this project we explored Mesh Potatoes (MP) devices as a technology to support a village network in the Omaheke region. The main aim was to set up and deploy the devices at Erindi-Roukambe in order to find out whether it can provide the network infrastructure for the IK management system and the free local telephony service for the village. For the purpose of this project, four Mesh Potato [MP] devices, four analogue telephones, two Nanostations [Nanos] and four solar powering units for the MPs were acquired and used. Connectivity of Mesh potatoes were tested in a lab and outdors in relation to distance inbetween nodes for quality of voice. Yet in the village, tall trees obstructed the connectivity between planned set-up points. Mesh Potatoes and Nanostations were raised 6m high up in the air, 2m more than their height in the first deployment, in attempt to reduce the obstruction from the trees. However no succesful wireless network could be set up with the existing constraints in the village. Thus a number of recommendations were made for further investigations.
Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) seems to be slowly dying out and if we lose that type of knowledge then there is no where we can retrieve it back. Therefore we are privileged to make us of modern technology to help us preserve our valuable ITK which is only known by the elders in rural communities who may pass away without having the opportunity to preserve their knowledge for the current and future generations. Currently there is no platform whereby the ITK can be preserved; by making use of modern technology we can achieve the goal of preserving the ITK with the use of a web enabled solution which incorporates the use of Semantic Web Technology (SWT) which deals with linking of related metadata on the web. With the use of SWT the young and future generation can learn more about their ITK by using modern technology like computers, smart-phones and tablets to access the ITK which will be accessible to them at any given time.
Indigenous knowledge in Namibia is facing a perceivable threat that could ultimately result in the loss of invaluable knowledge paramount for the retention of cultural heritage. With very few initiatives geared towards preserving indigenous knowledge, there is a need to solicit the participation of young Namibians. Many of Namibia's youth have taken to the versatile use of mobile phones to perform their personalities on Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites. Meanwhile persuasive technology has been gaining considerable momentum in the world of mobile technology, changing people's behavior to assume healthier, more environmentally aware and responsible habits.