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16 Aug: IK, SCIONA and knowledge sharing

Researchers under the IK cluster, led by Professor Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, traveled to Epupa and Okanguati from the 20 to 26 July 2020 as part of their explorations and research work under the SCIONA project (sciona.nust.na). One of IK cluster’s long-time collaborators, Uariehike Mbinge, was part of the trip as well.  During the trip several activities were undertaken, primarily ethnobotanical walks, where local community plant experts were able to showcase different plants in their area. During the ethnobotanical walks the plant experts used tools that were developed for data collection to record essential data about the plants that were spotted. Thereafter, the plant experts gave feedback on their experiences whilst using the tools. The feedback will be used to appropriate the tools, so that they fit the local context in which they will be used. An activity of note was the participatory mapping, during which community members and SCIONA researchers explored how to best represent their environment and context on maps.  Whilst engaging the Epupa and Okanguati community members, as part of indigenous knowledge sharing and preservation, Mr Mbinge shared the experiences that he gained from the collaborations with the IK cluster with the community members in Epupa and Okanguati. In…

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09 Jun: IK and VR

In November 2019, Prof Kasper Rodil form the Aalborg University in Denmark travelled to Namibia. During his stay he interacted with the IK cluster members based in Namibia. Prof Rodil demonstrated some of the technology that he is working with, particularly VR. He brought a VR  device that the local IK cluster members tried out. It was a fascinating experience, and many different use cases were formulated.

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03 Jun: IK Cluster and wildlife management

The IK Cluster is part of a three-year funded EU project, called SCIONA. The project aims “to strengthen cross-border ecosystem management and wildlife protection through co-designing and implementing conservation monitoring technology with the park authorities and surrounding communities. The IK cluster has extensively engaged local indigenious communities that are involved in the project. Through local community engagement, primarily co-design, several conservation management and monitoring technologies have been developed and continue to be developed.

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26 Dec: Being Human
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
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26 Nov: Looking for User-Created Persona descriptions in Otjinene
In November 2014, 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) revisited a female elder who we worked with last October