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South African Journal of Information Management - Volume 4, Issue 4, 2002
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Volume 4, Issue 4, 2002
Author S. BernerSource: South African Journal of Information Management 4 (2002)More Less
The 'digital divide' is an issue occupying more and more space in scholarly studies, especially in the fields of economics, sociology, business and information studies. The importance stems from the fact that for the past two decades the world is perceived as having entered a new form of economic activity - the so called 'information economy'. The effect of the 'digital divide' on segments of the Australian population that are already disadvantaged is discussed, showing that the digital divide is not a new way of alienation, but just another layer added to an already existing divide: the visible elite and the invisible Web of the dispossessed and now uninformed masses.
Author C.W. RensleighSource: South African Journal of Information Management 4 (2002)More Less
Today's business environments are increasingly dependent on the Internet. Surveys have indicated that employees tend to abuse their Internet privileges with a negative impact on productivity and Internet bandwidth. This is applicable not only to businesses, but also to the higher education sector. As the information resources of academic libraries become more and more available on-line (Internet-based), it becomes increasingly important that the access to these resources be effectively and efficiently managed. In this article is a discussion on the need and necessity of Internet content filtering mechanisms. An implementation of such a content filtering solution inside a higher education library environment to better manage and increase the use of student Internet workstations is also discussed.
The Morgan Project : technological solution building with regard to personalized content management and storageAuthor D.L.M. CramerSource: South African Journal of Information Management 4 (2002)More Less
The Morgan Project (TMP), a personal content manager, uses Web services to store, edit and share media. TMP aims to develop a space on the Web where learners can create virtual study and research environments. Various communicative tools, e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging (SMS) enable users to interact and share resources. Such environments permit users to develop or find content, upload and share it within a group. TMP has begun an attempt to understand the complexities related to building on-line communities. It lays the technical foundation for an e-learning portal that is more closely aligned to constructivist learning theories. An integral part of TMP is its open source platform. PHP, selected as a server side HTML-enabled scripting language, is an open source and powerful tool that easily integrates with the MySQL database system. It is intended that users select their own look and feel to all components, which is achieved with cascading style sheets. This approach makes it easer for users to create a workspace that they find aesthetically and cognitively friendly. The project aims at developing a system that is easy to manage and that can provide learners with tools that match their own style and individuality.
Author J.H. Van RooyenSource: South African Journal of Information Management 4 (2002)More Less
'Internet' and 'e-business' are words that have become part of today's business world. Invariably we hear of the effect thereof on the way we used to do things, owing to the shift in paradigm from command and control to a more open globalized, multi-polar world. Traditional ways of doing business are becoming redundant, as they are not able to cater for the needs of a business in cyberspace. To benefit from the many new developments that allow more efficient marketing, improved productivity, lower costs and better service, a rethink or re-engineering of the enterprise in many respects will be necessary. This will affect all sectors in the economy. The question is how corporate treasuries in South Africa must change to take advantage of the e-business environment. Research confirms many benefits brought about by these changes, which imply a new approach to treasury management and a new and changed position for the corporate treasury department.