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    ICT infrastructure, applications, society and education
    (Strathmore University Press (SUP), 2007) Kashorda, Meoli; Nyandiere, Clement; Acosta, Freddie
    Proceedings of the Annual Strathmore University ICT Conference 2006.
    Contents: Welcoming address by Vice-Chancellor ; Improving Access to Technology for Economic Development; Investing in Wireless Communications: POPOTE Wireless Case; Emerging Cellular Technologies and the Future; Increasing Role of Computer-Based Information Systems in the Management of Higher Education Institutions; Government Services Online: Report Card; Spreading the ICT Gospel With Cisco Network Academy Program; e-Banking in Kenya: Practical lessons to be drawn from Commercial Bank of Africa; Emerging Trends in Information and Communications Technology Education in Kenyan Universities; Developments in Participatory Methods for Software Design and Development; Semantic Web Technology: The Foundation For Future Enterprise Systems; Information Technologies for Disadvantaged Communities; ICT Trends and Their Role in Shaping the Media Industry in Kenya
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    ICT Infrastructure, Applications, Society and Education
    Kashorda, M; Acosta (Dr.), Freddie; Nyandiere Clement M,
    Proceedings of the Annual Strathmore University ICT Conference 2006
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    Semantic web technology: the foundation for future enterprise systems
    Oketch, Peter
    The semantic web is an extension of the current web in which data and web resources is given more meaning by incorporating metadata. The incorporation of metadata leads to an improved utilization of web resources by software applications, which will be acting on behalf of human users. In this paper we introduce the semantic web technologies, specifically RDF, RDF Schema and OWL that have been recommended by the W3C. Particularly, we encourage the Kenyan web developer to use these semantic languages in addition to HTML in their projects.
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    ICT graduates and their placement: case of strathmore university
    Nyandiere Clement M,
    Trends across the world show a growing demand for information systems for educational institutions. Many of them have been running manual systems, pushing paperwork, for ages. They have had cumbersome working procedures and this has led to low productivity occasioned by highly inept manual systems. Many of the higher educational instructions (HEIs) have implemented one form of computer-based information system (CIS) or other to manage their academic and management needs. But why are our HEIs turning to computerised information systems? There is a general demand on institutional managers to deliver high quality service; there is increasing need for management productivity; efficiency brought about by the systems; there is the increased recognition of information as an important corporate resource that is key to good decision making in a competitive and ever dynamic environment; and technologyhardware, software, telecommunications and related technologies- is now fairly priced and therefore more affordable to many institutions. However, as the HEIs quest for information systems implementation, they face a number of challenges to overcome which include lack of awareness and mindset among staff; lack of top level management commitment thus bringing forth bureaucracies and red-tape in system implementation; lack of appreciation of ICT as a tool and not panacea for organizational transformation; poor strategy in making ICT responsive to the organizational vision and mission; lack of a systematic method of system implementation; lack of project ownership- all employees and users must be involved in system implementation; inhibiting initial costs of hardware and software and funding for sustainability and continuity in maintenance, replacement of equipment and emolument of ICT staff who maintain the systems, among others. This paper identifies strategic management of organizations, strategic ICT planning, and integration of ICT in the management of HEIs as key ways of overcoming some of the challenges that HEIs face in their effort to implement systems in the institutions.
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    Developments in participatory methods for software development
    Mbogo, Salesio
    This paper briefly discusses the concept of Participatory design. Whereas the embodying research is in software engineering and development of large enterprise information systems, this paper discusses the general concepts of participation from a perspective of a developing country’s possible gains from embracing this methodological approach. In line with the theme of the conference “Emerging technologies and trends and the future of ICT Sector in Kenya” the content is abridged to reflect the wide spectrum of the audience in the conference