Date: Sat, 17 Jun 95 08:19 BST-1
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The first issue of volume 6 of the journal 'Information Technology for
Development' (ISSN 0268-1102) has just arrived. The journal was
published for five years in the late 1980s by Oxford University Press,
and has now been relaunched by IOS Press in collaboration with
IDRC and the Commonwealth Secretariat. It is one of the most attractive
fora for publication for health informatics experience in Africa as well.
For paper submissions, please contact Editor-in-Chief Dr. S. Ramani
([log in to unmask]) or Associate Editors Dr. Mayuri
([log in to unmask]) and Dr. Richard Heeks
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For subscription information, contact IOS Press ([log in to unmask]).
The first issue contains the following article in the HELINA-L field:
Jorn Braa, Eric Monteiro, Erik S. Reinert: Technology transfer vs.
technological learning: IT-infrastructure and health care in developing
Abstract: The notion of technological 'transfer' rests on a conception
of technology as artifacts. This, as many have argued, neglects the
crucial aspects of the social and cultural context of use. Technology
has to be learnt rather than transferred. Based on this, we attemp to
analyze the conditions and possibilities for technological learning
about IT-infrastructure in developing countries. In so doing, we
distinguish between local, contextual learning and institutional
or technological infrastructure for learning. These processes of
learning need to take place in areas sheltered from international
competition. Examples from Mongolia and South African health care are
used to illustrate our points.