I recently completed Doctor of Philosophy from University of Western Sydney on 'Information, Communication and Social network: Innovative role of Telecenters in Rural Nepal' and have some interest findings. Among others research found that telecenters offered users and their networks access to bridging social capital through new information networks as well as serving to enhance bonding social capital. It argued that telecenters should be considered an important component of national innovation system because telecenters offer collective learning environment where information and knowledge can be directed toward rural based enterprises.
Atmaram, since I teach university online research classes, I am interested in your study. In specific, how do network accesses bridge social captial? Did you discover any particular ways this happens? Barbara Fedock
Dr. Barabara, Thanks for your interest. My study found that Network accesses facilitate learning. In the absence of larger forms or enterprises in a village, network forms linkages between family enterprises, organizations and institutions that convey information and knowledge useful for such enterprises provide opportunities for access to bridging social capital. One of the telecenters demonstrated how the information flow, horizontal combined with tacit knowledge among farmers extended their knowledge network and enriched access to new information and techniques that they applied in organic farming in the village that increased family income.
Nice to hear from you. I have in depth experiences on social networking with rural entrepreneurs of telecentre (in Bangladesh named Union Information and service Center) through a grassroots blog. I have posted an article in this blog. We can share on this. Can you share me the experiences on social networking in Nepal.