Focusing on cultural design features for an Indigenous website

Reece George, Keith Nesbitt*, Michael Donovan, John Maynard

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper reports on part of a user-centred study examining the design of a website for an Indigenous Australian community. It focuses on the capture of culturally relevant design features and describes the outcomes from a focus group undertaken with 12 members of the community stakeholders. Key cultural themes to emerge from the focus group were the need for visually relevant imagery, support for kinship and community, as well as fun, local language and traditional forms of music, dance and oral history. These themes were mapped into design features such as a virtual tour of the building and grounds, video messages from community members, a facility for feedback and interactive games. Many existing guidelines for cultural design were affirmed in the study, including the use of simple language, local imagery and the provision of an interaction style appropriate to the Indigenous group.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Proceedings of the Australiasian Conference on Information Systems ACIS 2011
Subtitle of host publication"Identifying the Information Systems Discipline", Sydney, Australia, 30th November - 2nd December 2011
EditorsP. Seltsikas, D. Bunker, L. Dawson, M. Indulska
PublisherAIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781742102399
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2011 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 29 Nov 20112 Dec 2011


Conference22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2011
CitySydney, NSW


  • Culture
  • Focus Group
  • Indigenous Website
  • Localization


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