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Consequences of Software Design Decisions for Low-Income Communities: A Case Study

Meissner, FW and EB Blake (2011) Consequences of Software Design Decisions for Low-Income Communities: A Case Study. In Proceedings Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) 2011, East London.

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Abstract

This paper discusses how software design decisions can have a positive effect on broad contextual issues which affect Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) projects. We present five decisions which we made during the design of a web application intended for use by members of low-income communities in Cape Town. Our decisions were based on our knowledge of the context of deployment but increased the effort required of the development team. We use the Bridges.org Real Access / Real Impact criteria to categorise the benefits of our decisions and justify our prioritisation of concerns other than minimising the development effort.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:D Software: D.2 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
C Computer Systems Organization: C.5 COMPUTER SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION
ID Code:757
Deposited By:Meissner, FW
Deposited On:01 Febuary 2012