Overview for Information Technology for Participatory Development
Information resource is going to play a key role in social, cultural and political progress as well as in productive and sustainable economic development. The ease and speed, with which new knowledge is produced, organized, packed, retrieved and disseminated through IT based systems and applied together with old knowledge our traditional libraries store, will be the strategic determinant in whether the country, state, a region, an institution or individual prosper or lag behind in the new services-based economy. This book, putting together papers, presented at the special session on Information and Local Administration of the National Seminar on Right to Information, attempts to deal with the various aspects related to information technology for participatory development. It should be of interest to development professionals who are government officials, academics, or those from civil society; information professionals; librarians and managers of community information centers as well as all readers interested in IT application in participatory development programmes.
R. Raman Nair (Author)
Prof. R. Raman Nair, an information technology expert, has designed the Multimedia Library Automation System (McLAS 1993) in India and the KAU Library and Information System with building LANs, digital library and IT training facilities considered to be the best in the country. He has 14 books including Peopleâ€™s Library Movement, Computer Application to Library and Information Services, and Internet for Library and Information Services, as well as 120 research papers and articles and many national and international conference presentations to h is credit. He has organized various national level seminars including the National Seminar on Right to Information and national level IT courses and training programmes under various organizations which include Managing Digital Libraries in Agriculture (ICAR). Modern Information Access Facilities (NISSAT) and Worldwide Web for Managing Agricultural Information (CAGI). Prof. Nair has associated with many expert committees on IT formed by professional organizations, universities and government. He is a research fellow of American Biographical Institute and is the founder member of Rural Development Forestry Network (ODI, London), Asian Watershed Management Network (Kathmandu, Nepal), ILA, IASLIC and AGLIS. In library and information services, he has been presented the IASLIC S.M. Ganguly National Award for the year 1998.