Conference encourages research

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Keynote speaker Prof Bosire Onyancha from the University of South Africa addressing the conference.

Keynote speaker Prof Bosire Onyancha from the University of South Africa addressing the conference.

The University of Zululand has successfully hosted the 16th Information Studies (IS) Conference, 2015. The conference started on 2-4 September at the Three Cities Imvubu Lodge in Richards Bay for the first two days, thereafter the conference moved to KwaDlangezwa Campus, Arts Auditorium. This year’s conference theme was, “Information and Knowledge for Development (IK4D)”. Keynote speaker Prof Bosire Onyancha from the University of South Africa placed emphasis on the importance of research and why it is relevant to the lives we live today. “Research is the key to solving myriad problems faced by humanity. It is also important as a researcher to know the purpose of the research you produce,” said Onyancha. The conference aimed to explore and share research results and experiences in IK4D as an important research domain in Information Studies. Prof Dennis Ocholla, Vice-Dean of Arts Faculty said: “Through such conferences people are able to share knowledge with colleagues, their research writing skills, get a chance to be sharpened and partnerships are forged through networking.” The IS Annual Conference provided an international open forum for academics, students, researchers, knowledge and information managers and authorities, and information and communication related professionals, largely from Africa, to converge, discuss, and share knowledge and experiences on the conference theme. The forum focused on the current status, dimensions and advancements of IK4D theory and applications, with an emphasis on the progress of IK4D in Africa.

Topics of interest included, but are not limited to:
• Digital divide
• E-government/E-governance
• E-learning
• Indigenous knowledge
• Information accessibility
• Information and knowledge society
• Information ethics
• ICT for development
• Information literacy
• Information systems and services (e.g. digital/virtual libraries, internet/web, social media)
• Knowledge management
• Methods/techniques and innovations
• Records management
• Research evaluation and performance measurement for IK4D
• Theory
• Emerging trends and developments

The conference facilitated constructive discourse and knowledge sharing among participants.

MACK MAKHATHINI and NOKWETHABA SITHOLE