Online Portal Requirements for Computer Science Researchers in Kenya

  • Stephen Kimani Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Daniel Gitahi Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Abstract

Computer science research is an expensive undertaking which often requires procurement or availability of expensive state-of-the-art specialized research tools, facilities and forums, which are not readily available in developing countries due to limited financial resources. In addition to this, the available initiatives and portals to address this issue do not provide enough resources and opportunities that are directly relevant to researchers in computer science. They are also not designed with contextual needs and preferences of computer science researchers from developing countries. This research work, therefore, describes a study, in which online portal user requirements of computer science researchers from Kenya, one of the developing countries, are analyzed taking into account their contextual needs and preferences. The study majorly sought the challenges encountered by the aforementioned researchers. In addition, it looked into features and services desirable for Computer Science researchers as well as the most important design characteristics that should be incorporated in an online portal to overcome reported challenges by Kenyan computer science researchers. Building on the findings of this study, we intend to design and develop an online portal that will provide a consolidated or integrated channel to computer science resources and opportunities for active and potential computer science researchers from a developing country, Kenya.
Published
Sep 15, 2017
How to Cite
KIMANI, Stephen; GITAHI, Daniel. Online Portal Requirements for Computer Science Researchers in Kenya. Proceedings of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference, [S.l.], p. 42-45, sep. 2017. ISSN 2079-6226. Available at: <http://sri.jkuat.ac.ke/ojs/index.php/proceedings/article/view/522>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2018.