INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL INFORMATICS AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS - ISITI

About ISITI

Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations

Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations(ISITI), formerly known as the Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics (CoERI) was established in April 2011 at the centre of University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in Kota Samarahan. The Cen­tre was estab­lished given the suc­cess of our flag­ship bridging-the-digital-divide pilot project, eBario. A key focus of ISITI is to bridge the technology-people’s gap; in par­tic­u­lar, encom­pass­ing tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions for indige­nous communities.Com­mu­nity and Insti­tute- We should pri­or­i­tize the needs of the com­mu­nity and the Insti­tute above all else, as our main pur­pose for being a part of ISITI is to serve the community.Trust- As a rela­tion­ship based on trust is the key to our suc­cess and sus­tain­abil­ity, we must con­tinue to main­tain our close ties with the com­mu­nity and build our exist­ing networks. Qual­ity- The qual­ity of our work reflects on the image of the Insti­tute there­fore we should always aim for the high­est lev­els of excel­lence in all that we do.

Vision

To be a lead­ing (an internationally acknowledged) research institute that transforms social communities towards a knowledge-​based society by leveraging on ICT innovation.

Mission

To generate, disseminate, apply and preserve knowledge through an innovative and mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to empower society to sus­tain­ably address their developmental needs in a wider social and economic contexts.

Functions

The Insti­tute of Social Infor­mat­ics and Tech­no­log­i­cal Inno­va­tions (ISITI) began its oper­a­tion in April 2011, and was upgraded from the Cen­tre of Excel­lence for Rural Infor­mat­ics (CoERI); the Cen­tre was estab­lished given the suc­cess of our flag­ship bridging-​the-​digital-​divide pilot project, eBario. A key focus of ISITI is to bridge the technology-people’s gap; in par­tic­u­lar, encom­pass­ing tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions for indige­nous communities.

Our Strengths

Multi-Disciplinary Research Conducted

ISITI brings together more than 30 researchers from different Faculties and Centres in UNIMAS; from the social sciences, to ICTs and engineering.

Rapport with Indigenous Communities

All our sites' population comprise of indigenous communities such as the Kelabit, Penan, Lun Bawang, Dusun, Bajau, Bidayuh, Semai and Temiar ethnic groups. The rapport provides the opportunity to work with these communities on new projects, which benefits both researchers and the communities involved.

Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap

All our researchers not only conduct research, but also go down to the ground to study, design, implement and evaluate programmes at the community level.