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[liberationtech] Call for Chapters: CFP - Knowledge Management and Discovery for Development - Domains Strategies and Technologies for Developing Countries

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Thu Jul 19 10:10:43 PDT 2012

Call for chapters for the book

Knowledge Management and Discovery for Development: Domains, Strategies and
Technologies for Developing Countries

Editors: Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University,
U.S.A.; Gunjan Mansingh, PhD, The University of the West Indies, Mona,
Jamaica;  Lila Rao, PhD, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica


A number of developing countries, including small island states have common
problems that have affected their development and growth. If these issues
can be addressed it would lead to significant improvement in economic
development and growth. Knowledge management initiatives can be used to
address some of these issues and so these developing countries need to
understand what knowledge management initiatives are possible, how they can
improve economic conditions and what is needed to get them implemented so
that the benefits they offer can be realized.

Developing countries often believe that only developed countries can
provide high quality solutions. This intellectual colonization has
restricted certain territories in seeking and using knowledge from
countries other than those considered to be developed. For information and
knowledge management the research has primarily focused on the developed
world; however, the decision makers in these countries may not consider the
local context and the societal norms, additionally, the proposed solutions
may be costly. Many developing countries have access to technologies that
can be used to assist in knowledge management. Therefore, effective
knowledge management solutions must consider the context and technologies
of developing countries. Relevant and low cost KM initiatives need to be
considered in improving the existing KM processes in developing countries.

There is a need to identify KM practices, strategies and technologies which
can be applied to areas that are critical to the growth of these developing
countries. Sectors critical to the growth of developing countries include
health care, crime management, disaster recovery management, small and
medium size enterprise development. This book will highlight the
opportunities in these sectors and provide advice as to how these countries
should go about understanding, building and adopting the relevant KM
strategies and technologies.

Objectives of the Book

This book fills a void in the KM literature on developing countries. This
book will identify sectors in developing countries where knowledge
management initiatives can yield maximum value. It will also consider the
constraints of these territories in recommending appropriate technologies
and strategies for KM initiatives. It will provide advice on how these
technologies should be adopted in these sectors of

developing countries. This will allow these countries to reap the rewards
of their investment in these systems. Additionally, the book will be a
useful resource for software developers as it will contain architectures
and design solutions for KMS. KM should be included in the curriculum of a
number of programmes (e.g. MBA, Master in Information Systems,
Undergraduate Information Systems programmes) offered in developing
countries. As this book highlights issues specific to these regions it will
provide a useful resource in the delivery of these courses.

Target Audience

This book will provide research relevant to developing countries. It will
identify strategies and technologies that can be used to harness knowledge
in essential sectors of a developing economy.
KM is being included in the curriculum of a number of programmes (e.g. MBA,
Master in Information Systems, Undergraduate Information Systems
programmes) offered in developing countries.

This book can be used by:


     Academics, as a text book for Information Systems courses.

     Business practitioners, as guidelines for implementation of
   strategies and technologies.

     Software solution providers, as the book offers designs and
   architectures that can be


   Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


   Theoretical aspects of Knowledge Management

   Knowledge Management

   1. Healthcare
   2. NationalSecurity
   3. DisasterRecovery
   4. Education
   5. Agriculture
   6. Trade
   7. CommunityDevelopment
   8. SMEs
   9. Sports
   10. Product Development
   11. Cyber Security
   12. Regional Integration and Cooperation

III. Technologies to facilitate KM



   Knowledge Maps

   Knowledge Based Systems

   Knowledge Management Systems

   Indigenous Knowledge Systems

   Mobile Technologies

To ensure this publication presents the most comprehensive current and
relevant coverage of strategies and domain in KM research, we invite
researchers and leading experts in their

particular areas to contribute chapters. Chapters should ideally address
all the objectives above, although chapters beyond the key objectives will
also be considered.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of full chapters: December 15, 2012 Notification of
review results: March 15, 2013
Revised chapters due: April 30, 2013
Final notification of chapter acceptance (revised chapters): May 15, 2013

Submission Details:

Individuals interested in submitting chapters (maximum 7,000 words) on the
above or related topics should send an e-mail declaring your interest in
submitting—including your name, affiliation, and proposed topic area to
Gunjan Mansingh, editor, at gunjan.mansingh at no later than July
31, 2012. Deadline for submission of full chapter(s) is December 15, 2012.

This book is scheduled for publishing by Springer, in 2013 (

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