Participation Required: Academic Study Into Open-Source Software Usage by South African NGOs

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 17:29 am a student and fellow civil-society employee working towards my Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town (UCT). I am working on a research assignment as part of these studies. This blog is intended to inform and request your participation in this research as it will allow me to gain an understanding of the experiences of South African NGOs in terms of software selection and use. As incentive I have a R250 gift voucher that will go to one lucky survey participant.

I kindly request you to participate in this research by completing the survey questionnaire found here: SURVEY LINK. Your input is very important and will remain anonymous. If you know of a partner NGO that may be willing to participate, please forward them this link. My research purpose is to understand the selection and use of software by South African NGOs (with a focus on open source software adoption). As previously mentioned your participation will remain completely anonymous and the hope is that a national view of software selection by the NGO sector will be possible.

The collective findings of this study will be captured in a report that will be presented to the University of Cape Town for academic purposes. The findings may also be published in an academic journal or presented at a conference if the information is deemed of academic value.

Completing the questionnaire should take no longer than 20 minutes.

Important: You do not have to complete the survey questionnaire. Participation is voluntary. However, by participating you will be eligible for a R250 gift voucher or gift of the equivalent amount. One participant will be contacted and will receive this gift.

For more information please contact the following:

Gregory Rowles (Researcher)

Prof. JP Van Belle (Research Supervisor)