Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovation (ISITI) in Malaysia
In December 2010, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak approved the formation of the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovation (ISITI). The Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics (CoERI) which was previously anchored at the Faculty of Computer Science and IT, is now anchored at ISITI. This approach has been refined based on lessons learnt from the pilot eBario project, and has been replicated to 4 other sites in East Malaysia (Malaysian Borneo), as well as 4 sites in West Malaysia. In addition to achieving an empowered and trained community, as well as opportunities enabled by ICTs to improve their livelihood, the institute has developed expertise in many niche areas such as Rural Informatics, Green Technologies, ICT Development (ICTD) and ICT for Development (ICT4D). The ISITI-CoERI team from different faculties and diverse research groups provides a holistic approach to community development projects where each group of researchers contribute it’s part to the project in a professional approach.
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