TTC BSG WG revised Handbook to introduce ICT solutions for the community in rural areas
Overview of the Handbook
This handbook summarises a selected list of projects which were conducted through the provisions of APT J2 and J3 programmes. The APT J2 programme is titled “HRD Programme for Exchange of ICT Researchers/Engineers through Collaborative Research” and APT J3 programme is titled “ICT Development Programme for Supporting ICT Pilot Projects in Rural Areas”.
The goal of these projects is focused on strategies to demonstrate how rural needs can be addressed by deploying state-of-the-art ICT solutions. The proponents from every country proposed to address specific areas in their country for rural deployment. In these projects e-Aquaculture, e-Education, e-Environment and e-Healthcare were proposed in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia; with support and assistance from local project leaders, and through regular consultations and collaborative meetings, the other team members and Japanese collaborators shared in the development and deployment of each project work. There has been instances in which innovations in one country flowed quickly to another team in another country. An important feature of these SHARE projects has been the development of a strong local build to the programmes. To meet the goal, it necessitated careful site selection for each project to ensure long term reliability and local co-ownership of the projects. To achieve the collaborative goal within a short period designated for each project, every team leader thrived on already existing relationships with local governments or relevant organizations. In this way the local people became co-innovators in the SHARE project.
Each project was carried out in one country; however every solution and constructed network system is applicable and useful to other member countries as well. The sharing of inforamtion about experiences with local communities in each country is invaluable; it has helped shape the strategies to engage and to deploy solutions that aligned with the SHARE goals. In the handbook four projects are presented as case studies of solutions. Each project begins with an introduction to the local sites, analysis of problems, decision processes for the design of solutions, system configurations and a conclusive description about the outcome of each project.