Open Crowd-Sourced Online Digital Review of Asia Pacific

An evaluation of the IDRC-supported serial, Digital Review of Asia Pacific (DirAP), revealed that the Review faced many challenges as a print publication. Providing current data and information was one weakness, given its long preparation cycle; the cost of content generation was another. An open online publishing model could attract free content generation, resulting in a publication at sustainable cost. But, its success would depend on the publisher's ability to manage issues of content currency, relevance and quality control. This project will explore the feasibility of an open crowd-sourced online publishing model as a way of achieving sustainable publication of DirAP. An evaluation methodology will be built into the process, allowing researchers to evaluate the quality of the content and the users' perception of the quality of the content. The overall objective is to transform DirAP from a print publication into an online collaboratively produced sustainable resource on current trends in information and communication technology (ICT) policy, practice and innovation.

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Start Date

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

End Date

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Sayo, Phet

Total funding

CA$ 215,800


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Wang Yan Jian


ORBICOM: The Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications

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