ICT4DA 2019 is the 2nd international conference that aims to bring together researchers, engineers, developers, and practitioners from the academia and the industry to present and discuss their research work in the area of ICT for Development. This conference seeks to facilitate the transfer of experience, adaptation of methods, and where possible, foster collaboration among different groups. The topics of interest cover all aspects of ICT towards the socioeconomic development. The Conference is categorized under five tracks.

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Prof. Judy van Biljon

International collaboration in ICT4D research and development: opportunities, challenges and best practices for sustainability


Research collaboration is a two-way process where individuals and/or organizations share learning, ideas and experiences to produce joint scientific outcomes. There is a global trend towards multidisciplinary teams conducting collaborative research to address complex challenges and achieve objectives not feasible for independent entities working unaided. The nature of technologies being used in development projects is dynamically evolving and ICT4D researchers addressing wicked problems needs multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to enable impact and sustainability. National and international research collaboration is advocated for knowledge development and exchange and incentivized by government and agency funding. However, there are philosophical, cultural, and language barriers to contend with. Furthermore, there are institutional and practical constraints, intellectual property rights and competition among researchers that can inhibit collaboration. The purpose of this talk is to present an analysis of existing research collaboration and publication patterns in the domain of ICT4D. That analysis will highlight the opportunities, challenges and best practices for sustainable research collaboration, also how research collaboration can be a mechanism for supporting sustainable development.

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Judy van Biljon is a professor of Information Systems and holds the South African Research Chair’s Initiative, Chair in Information and Communication for Development hosted by the School of Computing at the University of South Africa (Unisa) and she is the Chairperson of the International Development Informatics Association. Her disciplinary focus is on Human-Computer Interaction for Development. She has contributed to the body of academic knowledge by publishing on Human-Computer Interaction evaluation and interaction design for marginalised groups, technology adoption, and sustainability in digital learning for resource-constrained environments. As open-distance learning (ODL) practitioner and researcher, she has published on cohort supervision in ODL and advances in knowledge visualisation for postgraduate supervision. A current focus is investigating and fostering evidence-based research collaboration in ICT4D in South Africa, Africa and between the global North and global South. She has authored 27 accredited journal papers, 67 conference papers and has supervised eight PhD students and ten master's students. She is the recipient of the Unisa Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Research and the Leadership in Research Woman Award, College of Science, Engineering and Technology at UNISA. She serves on the editorial board of established journals like the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and Information Technology for Development.

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