This page contains a list of slides and presentations available for download.
The Food Composition Databases (FCDBs)
Author(s): Ahmed Fadhil
Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
This study analyzes various food databases of different nations and compares the data about food each database contains. This step will guide us to analyze the data in each databank and avoid redundancy in the data, hence create a consistent set of data table.
User-centered methodologies and techniques for requirements gathering
Author(s): Gaia Trecarichi
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Mappo - Un'applicazione web per l'ausilio grafico alla gestione di portfolio progetti
Author(s): Martino Secchi
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tags: BSc geolocation spm
A webapp for mapping project portfolios. In Italian.
Understanding Best Practices for ICTD Projects: towards a Maturity Model
Author(s): Aaron Ciaghi
Date: Monday, November 03, 2014
Tags: ict4d maturitymodel spm
The implementation of Information and Communication Technologies in developmental contexts presents specific social and technical challenges. Understanding the lessons learned and documenting best practices under extreme conditions, such as the ones found on the African continent, can provide valuable insights for ICT deployment in developing countries. At the same time, the experience in use cases and technical know-how of developed countries can help regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa in harnessing the full potential of ICT for social and economic development. This paper describes the preliminary results of an international project based on the exchange between two European institutes and two South African universities, whose goal is to define a set of best practices to improve the success rate of ICT for Development projects. This led to the definition of a Maturity Model to evaluate performing organizations with respect to what characterises a successful ICTD project to guide them in the improvement of their processes towards becoming more effective in addressing the needs of rural communities. The practices and maturity goals included in the maturity model have been collected through an extensive literature review and interviews with project managers.
Adattamento di un'interfaccia web per sistemi mobile su rete GSM: il caso di Bring The Food
Author(s): Andrea Bontempelli
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Tags: btf sms BSc
Andrea's BSc Thesis defence about integrating SMS functionalities in BringTheFood
Designing for the African Prepaid Mobile Internet Generation
Author(s): Alette Schoon
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tags: ict4d design SouthAfrica
The profile of South Africans online is changing as internet-enabled smart phones and feature phones become ubiquitous in low-income communities. However, poorer users are using a different internet, a prepaid internet trickle where text is dominant and where most people only briefly enter “the cloud” of content sharing. This means that app developers and designers need to re-imagine a world beyond the binaries of access or non-access where internet use can mean multiple things. This seminar explores how unemployed young people from the low-income black neighbourhoods of Grahamstown, a small town in South Africa, use ICT under very difficult economic circumstances. In these digital ecologies, PCs are peripheral, and digital production and connectivity revolves around the mobile. Media sharing happens predominantly offline via Bluetooth, but also now on online platforms that allows users to only download what they want - such as media sharing WAP sites on Russian platforms. Social networks such as WhatsApp and Facebook mobile are also becoming increasingly important. Creative expression is very important for these young people and is seen as essential for developing the community – here development is not only seen in material terms. Young people use mobile phones and computers for a variety of creative activities and Facebook plays a key part in sharing these. Using a PC becomes a challenge when all internet access is negotiated through the mobile, and PCs are a makeshift assembly of old parts put together in backroom computer ‘workshops’ by self-taught technicians. The author, although not a designer or computer scientist herself, is keen to explore design considerations and welcomes interaction on what these practices could mean for ICT4D design. How do we design for those intermittently on the mobile internet but outside “the cloud”, for example? How do we design for second-hand communal PC users who are part of the mobile-first generation and exclusively use the mobile internet? When mobile phones are designed primarily for content consumption – in a space where there are few PCs and many people who want to create content – how can we design apps to make them more suited to digital production? The author will share some examples from the UCT (University of Cape Town) ICT4D lab, where designers have focused on Bluetooth technology to respond to limited internet access.
Doing Good with ICT
Author(s): Aaron Ciaghi
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tags: ict4d agile
Introduction to ICT for Development and ICT for addressing Social Issues. The presentation includes a very small intro to Agile techniques. This presentation was given at UNITN in preparation for the ICT Days 2014 Hackathon event.