Timely access to information is essential to perform many economic and social activities. In today’s digital age, information is more and more often provided in digital form. However, the unreliability of Internet access can make it difficult for people living in rural areas to access information online, resulting in missed opportunities to pursue economic and social ventures. The cost of continuous access makes it advisable for people to capture and preserve the information that they may need again when they may no longer have access to online services, or to create their records in analogue formats in the first place. However, the preservation of information is often a neglected aspect of community informatics projects and of information behaviour research.
This PhD project will explore how rural communities access, create, and manage information and their preferences for oral, written or digital tools to preserve information for the medium to long-term. The emphasis of the project will be to support and strengthen community-based initiatives and to investigate the factors that influence the choice of tools by different groups and the longevity and #sustainability of documentation practices.
- A first-class Honours degree and/or a Master’s degree by research in information and/or social sciences
- Experience of working with rural communities and/or community-based organisations in Australia
- Capacity to conduct participatory research with various stakeholders
- Understanding of, or willingness to learn, recordkeeping informatics
- Excellent English writing skills