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dc.contributor.advisorApperley, Mark
dc.contributor.advisorBenton, Richard
dc.contributor.advisorCunningham, Sally Jo
dc.contributor.authorKeegan, Te Taka Adrian Gregoryen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-16T02:42:08Z
dc.date.available2010-06-16T02:42:08Z
dc.date.issued2007en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationKeegan, T. T. A. G. (2007). Indigenous Language Usage in a Digital Library: He Hautoa Kia Ora Tonu Ai. (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/3997en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/3997
dc.description.abstractThe research described in this thesis examines indigenous language usage in a digital library environment that has been accessed via the Internet. By examining discretionary use of the Māori Niupepa and Hawaiian Nūpepa digital libraries this research investigates how indigenous languages were used in these electronic environments in 2005. The results provide encouragement and optimism to people who are striving to retain, revitalise and develop the use of indigenous languages in information technologies. The Transaction Log Analysis (TLA) methods used in this research serve as an example of how web logs can be used to provide significant information about language usage in a bilingual online information system. Combining the TLA with user feedback has provided insights into how and why clients use indigenous languages in their information retrieval activities. These insights in turn, show good practice that is relevant not only to those working with indigenous languages, indigenous peoples or multilingual environments, but to all information technology designers who strive for universal usability. This thesis begins by describing the importance of using indigenous languages in electronic environments and suggests that digital libraries can provide an environment to support and encourage the use of such languages. TLA is explained in the context of this study and is then used to analyse aspects of te reo Māori usage in the Niupepa digital library environment in 2005. TLA also indicates that te reo Māori was used by international clients and this usage differed to te reo Māori usage by national (Aotearoa) clients. Findings further reveal that the default language setting of the Niupepa digital library had a considerable impact on te reo Māori usage. When the default language was set to te reo Māori not only were there more requests in te reo Māori but there was also a higher usage of te reo Māori in the information retrieval activities. TLA of the Hawaiian Nūpepa digital library indicated that the Hawaiian language was also used in a digital library. These results confirm that indigenous languages were used in digital library environments. Feedback from clients suggests reasons why indigenous languages were used in this environment. These reasons include the indigenous language content of the digital library, the indigenous language default language setting of the digital library and a stated desire by the clients to use the indigenous language. The key findings raise some interface design issues and support the claim that digital libraries can provide an environment to support the use of indigenous languages.en_NZ
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dc.publisherThe University of Waikatoen_NZ
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dc.subjectindigenous languageen_NZ
dc.subjectdigital libraryen_NZ
dc.subjectreo Maorien_NZ
dc.subjectuniversal usabilityen_NZ
dc.subjecthuman computer interfacesen_NZ
dc.subjectmultilingual interfacesen_NZ
dc.subjectindigenous use of the weben_NZ
dc.titleIndigenous Language Usage in a Digital Library: He Hautoa Kia Ora Tonu Ai.en_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.disciplineSchool of Computing and Mathmatical Sciencesen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Waikatoen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)en_NZ
uow.date.accession2007-10-25en_NZ
uow.identifier.adthttp://adt.waikato.ac.nz/uploads/adt-uow20071025.111629
pubs.elements-id55739
pubs.place-of-publicationHamilton, New Zealanden_NZ


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