The New e-DIRAP Platform Launching
As the project executing agency, Orbicom is pleased to announce that the new website of an open crowd-sourced, online Digital Review of Asia Pacific (e-DIRAP) is now up.
A two-year research project, e-DIRAP aims to transition Digital Review of Asia Pacific from a print publication into a sustainable online collaboratively produced resource, specifically, to develop an online collaborative space and to facilitate a global community of researchers and writers in using social collaborative techniques of crowd-sourcing and generic Web 2.0 tools, for continually reviewing, analyzing, forecasting and reporting on ICT/D issues in the developing countries.
This site is built on two assumptions: (1) people with knowledge and interest, when given an essentially open arrangement to improve an interesting write-up, they will do so; (2) they will do so more, if the content is concise rather than elaborate. These stem from observed practices in crowd-sourcing over the Web.
To realize these possibilities, this site blends features and functionalities. It also adopts an emerging, still-in-reseach, approach: a book can be "read" from the Table of Contents in a sequence. It can be read, in principle, from the entries on the "index pages". The latter suits the crowd-sourcing trend being tested out in this project while the former is the way DIRAP has so far been produced. Both are brought together in this site. Another key functionality is of a basic social networking site, allowing people to gather around "chapters" or sub sections to co-create; and the more conventional functionality of forum discussions.
To access the site: URL is http://www.digitalreview.asia