Wireless grids for cultural self-preservation: Assessing e-readiness in a Native American Nation

Angela U. Ramnarine-Rieks, Lee W. McKnight, Gail Riina, Carlos Gardeazabal

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The role of wireless grids for distributed coordination and their suitability for sustainable cultural self preservation was assessed through a series of focus groups conducted in cooperation with a Native American Nation. After providing contextual information and definitions for key concepts in our research (wireless grid technologies, indigenous knowledge and the right to culture preservation in indigenous cultures) we discuss cases of indigenous communities using ICT as a tool for preserving their traditions. The paper then discusses the findings from focus groups on readiness for innovation in a Native American Nation. We report on the urgency of the felt need for taking positive steps toward cultural self- preservation as well as the interest in ICTs as tools to assist in this effort. We conclude that the focus groups validated our expectations that the application of wireless grid technologies and their potential wider use can be a valuable tool for cultural self preservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-45
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780769545257
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2012 - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2012Jan 7 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605


Other2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui, HI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering

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