Sokoine University of Agriculture

Application of information technology for research in Tanzania: feedback from agricultural researchers

Show simple item record Mulimila, R.T. Matovelo, D.S. Lwehabura, M.J.F. Dulle, F.W. 2017-04-13T06:57:26Z 2017-04-13T06:57:26Z 2002
dc.description Journal ofInformation Science 2002, 28 (2) :157-162 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper reports results of a study aimed at assessing agricultural researchers' access to information technology facilities. It also examines to what extent such facilities are used in facilitating researchers' access to scientific information. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey to 321 agricultural researchers selected randomly at 13 research centres throughout the country. The response rate obtained was 76.3%. Out of 244 respondents, 170 (69.7%) reported having access to internet or e-mail facilities. While 79.3% of the respondents having access to the internet reported using the facility frequently for information search, the e-mail facility was not popularly used by the respondents for information requests to sources outside respondents' institutions. CD-ROMtechnology was found not to be readily available to many respondents because of the unavailability of such facilities at their research centres and minimal use of e-mail facilities for resource sharing with other centres' CD-ROMdatabases. It is concluded that, along with a low level of information technology development in the country, the available information technology facilities have not been fully exploited to facilitate agricultural researchers' accessto information. Some measures to improve information technology infrastructure and its use for improvement of research productivity are recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Information and communication technologies en_US
dc.subject Information sharing en_US
dc.subject Scientific information access en_US
dc.subject Agricultural research en_US
dc.title Application of information technology for research in Tanzania: feedback from agricultural researchers en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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